Some activist groups believe that GATS risks undermining the ability and authority of governments to regulate commercial activities within their own borders, which will lead to the flight of power from the commercial interests of citizens. In 2003, the GATSwatch network published a critical opinion, supported by more than 500 organizations in 60 countries.  At the same time, countries are not required to enter into international agreements such as the GATS. For countries that like to attract trade and investment, GATS adds a degree of transparency and legal predictability. Legal barriers to trade in services may have legitimate political reasons, but they can also be an effective instrument for large-scale corruption.  The details of the MAI negotiations were hardly disclosed until a draft agreement was disclosed in March 1997.  The leaks have drawn criticism from various NGOs around the world. As a result, negotiations failed in 1998, when France and other countries gradually withdrew after pressure from a global movement of NGOs, citizens` groups and a number of developing country governments. In April 1998, negotiations were formally suspended for six months.
 On 3 December 1998, the OECD announced that «the MAI negotiations are no longer taking place».  According to a 2017 study in the Journal of International Economic Law, «almost all the latest preferential trade agreements (EPAs) explicitly refer to the WTO, often dozens of times in several chapters. Similarly, in many of these EDPs, we find that essential parts of the language of the treaty — the majority of a chapter at a given time — are literally copied from a WTO agreement… the WTO`s presence in the EPZs has increased over time.  In December 2013, the largest agreement was signed within the WTO and known as the Bali Package.  One of the achievements of the Uruguay Round would be the WTO-managed Uruguay Round agreement, which would allow full control of agricultural trade under the GATT. Prior to the Uruguay Round, agricultural trade conditions deteriorated with the increasing use of subsidies, stockpiling, lower world market prices and rising support costs.  It provides for the shift from quantitative restrictions to tariffs and a gradual reduction in tariffs. The agreement also contains rules and disciplines for agricultural export subsidies, national subsidies and health and plant health measures (SPS) through the agreement on the application of health and plant health measures Agreements for the two largest regions of the WTO, goods and services, share a three-pronged framework: countries conclude export agreements mainly for the protection and indirect promotion of foreign investment and , increasingly, in order to liberalize these investments. The IIAs provide companies and individuals of contracting parties with enhanced security and security under international law when they invest or set up a business in other countries parties to the agreement.
Reducing the investment risk associated with an IGE is designed to encourage businesses and individuals to invest in the country that AI has concluded. In this context, it is important to allow foreign investors to settle disputes with the host country through international arbitrations and not just through the host country`s national courts. The number of bilateral investment agreements increased rapidly during the 1990s. countries and investors are inspired by increased security regulation, security and mobility of their investments, after it became clear that the Uruguay Round Trade Investment Measures (TRIMS) Agreement, the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (ADPIC) Agreement and the General Trade in Services Agreement (GATS) only took into account some of the investment-related concerns and that investors were not sufficient security and strong controls by multinationals.  In addition to these instruments, the World Bank adopted lig