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What we shouldn't know

The EU and the US demand to be able to sell services as freely as possible worldwide, including in developing countries. This is happening in the WTO negotiations to extend the GATS agreement. Norway has been pushing in the same direction. But we shouldn't know anything about that.

: In 2002, Norway required 38 developing countries to open the borders to competition from Norwegian service companies. The Bondevik government eventually had to tell which countries Norway has made demands on – but kept secret what specific demands Norway has made to each country.

Among these developing countries are countries such as Angola, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Gabon, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. They were selected precisely because they have little chance of competing with Norwegian service companies in the areas that the Bondevik government would open for competition.

To prevent public debate

What was the reason why Norway demanded that Gabon, Paraguay and Kyrgyzstan open certain services for Norwegian competition? Of course, we should not know that, because it should not be public debate.

Organizations such as the Forum for Development and the Environment, the Development Fund and ATTAC have for years asked to know what Norway has demanded of other countries, and. . .

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