Insurance in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (AEI by Harold J. Skipper

By Harold J. Skipper

This examine presents a complete description of the worldwide assurance and info the present nation of overseas agreements that govern exchange in coverage.

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Modern economies are built on specialization and its inherent productivity improvements. Greater trade and commercial specialization demand, in turn, greater financial specialization and flexibility. Without HAROLD D. SKIPPER, JR. 21 a wide choice of insurance products and constant service and pricing innovations, insurance inadequacies could stifle both trade and commerce. ” Insurance Can Help Mobilize Savings. 3 Insurers play an important role in channeling savings into domestic investment. Insurers enhance the efficiency of financial systems in three ways.

The annex contains this definition of a financial service: “any service of a financial nature offered by a financial service supplier of a member. ” A listing of activities that fall within the insurance and related category follows, as well as a list of activities that fall within the banking and other financial services category. The insurance category includes • direct insurance, both life and nonlife • reinsurance and retrocession • insurance intermediation, such as brokerage and agency • services auxiliary to insurance, such as consultancy, actuarial, risk assessment, and claim-settlement services Many observers contend this listing is less complete than desirable.

The other major disappointment was the failure of India to make any liberalization commitments in insurance, reflecting its inability to achieve national insurance reform at that time. 6 What More Is Needed? T hat the GATS exists is, in itself, a great tribute to member countries. Yet more can be done to promote liberalization through both a more intensive application of traditional trade concepts and also innovative approaches to promoting competition. This section explores these issues. 1 These shortcomings apply equally to insurance, but it seems redundant to delve deeply into them here.

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