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.



10 May 2013UNCTAD services study tour sends Ugandan officials to South Africa
08 May 2013Numerous Ministers, Vice Ministers to attend Services Forum
26 April 2013Experts discuss the contribution of tourism to sustainable development
12 April 2013Pushing forward Lesotho’s services agenda
10 April 2013Services exports grew by 2% globally in 2012
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 Documents and Publications

UNCTAD's work on the services economy (UNCTAD/OSG/CIO/MISC/2013/2)
Services, Trade and Development (UNCTAD/DITC/TNCD/2010/5)
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 Meetings and Events

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

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