Canada's on-line General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) contact point is an initiative aimed at providing information on the Canadian services market that will help developing country service suppliers sell their services in Canada. A key objective of the GATS, and one that is strongly shared by Canada, is to increase the participation of developing countries in world services trade. Article IV of the GATS agreement calls on developed country WTO members to establish contact points to facilitate the access of developing country Members’ service suppliers to information related to their respective markets concerning:
Canada's online GATS contact point provides an avenue through which developing country service suppliers can obtain this information quickly and accurately [Note 1].
The sole purpose of this site is to facilitate the access of services suppliers, particularly developing country services suppliers, to information on the Canadian services market. It does not form part of Canada's trade in services obligations or commitments under any international agreement to which it is a party, nor does it have any legal value or status with respect to the interpretation of such obligations or commitments. (return to source paragraph)