Computer and related services

This sector includes consultancy services related to the installation of computer hardware, software implementation services, data processing services, database services.


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The current negotiations  

Computer and related services are included in the new services negotiations, which began January 2000.

  • Proposals on computer and related services
    Proposals for computer and related services are also mentioned in professional services and business services

  • Seminar on Liberalisation in Computer and Related Services Geneva, 28 September 2005 — Government and private sector speakers shared their country experiences on latest developments in this important sector. > More...


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The mandate 

Principles of trade in computer and related services are contained, like for all services, in the GATS.

Current commitments and exemptions
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> All commitments and MFN exemptions. Search for computer and related services in the commitments for services by country.

For consolidated information on countries' commitments and exemptions on computer services go to the services database (opens a new window) click “predefined reports”, then click “All sectors and each level of development”. From the list of sectors select “Computer services”. Information is broken down by the country's level of development (developed, developing, least developed or transition). Data covers the period January 1995 to December 1999. Does not include data on current negotiations or on countries which joined the WTO since January 2000.

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Documents on computer and related services  

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  • Secretariat background notes on computer and related services (Document code S/C/W/* and keyword “computer and Background note”)  > search > help

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility by defining multiple search criteria such as document symbol (i.e. code number), full text search or document date.