The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS): Implications and Possible Ways Forward for the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) for the first time extends internationally-agreed rules and commitments into a large and rapidly growing area of international trade, namely services, including education services. This paper examines the implications of GATS for higher education in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Section 2 addresses some of the concerns raised by GATS for the service sectors in developing countries in general, and for the higher education system in particular. Section 3 provides a brief description of the pattern of socio-economic development and of higher education in SADC. Section 4 concludes by providing a set of scenarios as possible responses to GATS by SADC countries in the immediate and short terms.