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.



11 September 2014Paraguay seeks to improve services sector with UNCTAD help
17 November 2013Regional dialogue on promoting trade in services in Latin America
07 October 2013UNCTAD services study tour sends Nicaraguan officials to Chile
08 July 2013Second workshop held on Services Policy Review for Nicaragua
03 June 2013Chinese premier terms services vital to “upgrades” of economies around the world
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 Documents and Publications

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 Meetings and Events


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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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