The World Trade Organisation was formed in 1995 to set rules and principles for international trade. Over the years, the WTO has given birth to controversial agreements that open up nations’ agriculture, industries, fisheries, forests, basic services, intellectual property and even culture for trade in the international market. One of the important agreements is the GATS – that is the WTO Agreement for rules on trade in services. Tourism, environmental services (like water), cultural services, health, education, energy are some of the vital sectors covered by the GATS. It is very important to recognise the potential impacts of this agreement from the standpoint of access to basic services and impacts of trade-induced investment on sustainability and livelihoods in the region.

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India