Services, Trade and Development


The services sector plays an increasingly important role in the global economy and the growth and development of countries.

Services are becoming crucial in a country's development, including in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, such as poverty reduction and access to basic services, including education and health services.

UNCTAD has implemented a comprehensive work programme on services, trade and development with a view to assisting developing countries in developing their services sectors, increasing their participation in services trade and realizing development benefits. This work enjoys extensive complementarity between the three pillars of UNCTAD's operations.



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08 July 2016For Bangladesh, burgeoning services sector holds promise
26 May 2016Policy coherence: important for services economy and trade
70th UNGA
10 November 2015Uneven trade is a persistent development challenge requiring policy attention, said UNCTAD before the UN General Assembly
14 September 2015Access to Financial Services as a Driver for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
03 September 2015More than 50 African trade-in-services negotiators and officials trained under UNCTAD partnership with the African Union Commission
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 Documents and Publications

Services Policy Review: Nicaragua (UNCTAD/DITC/TNCD/2013/13)
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 Meetings and Events


Featured Publication
UNCTAD's work on Services
Quick links
Global Services Forum 2013
Services, Trade and Inclusive and Sustainable Development
UNCTAD XIII, 19 April 2012

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