Forum on Assessment of Trade in Services and Development Gains
17 June 2004
São Paulo

Key Issues

Dynamic factors are shaping policies on services in developing countries, some of them external (increasing international competition for finances; regional integration; multilateral negotiations on services) and some internal (efficiency considerations; economic reform). Trade has also become an important vehicle for growth and development. Governments in developing countries face the challenge of realigning these multidimensional objectives when seeking to maximize development dividends accruing to them from progressive liberalization of the services economy. However, the limited experience in developing countries makes it extremely difficult for policy makers to assess options available to them for creating a coherent policy environment for trade in services that is supportive of development.    More


UNCTAD project on services trade related development strategies for poverty reduction (funded by Germany)


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