Global Services Forum 2021: Services-led transformation for post-pandemic recovery

22 - 24 September 2021

The Global Services Forum (GSF) is a biennial Forum that has been linked to UNCTAD quadrennial conferences. UNCTAD launched the Global Services Forum at UNCTAD 13 in Doha (Qatar, 2012). Since then, the Forum took place in Beijing (China, 2013), at UNCTAD14 in Nairobi (Kenya, 2016) and in Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2018). The Global Services Forum seeks to advance the development agenda linked to the services’ economy and trade and promote partnerships between stakeholders.

The 5th edition of the GSF addresses the role of services in structural transformation and diversification to reduce vulnerability to economic shocks and promote a more resilient post-pandemic recovery. The Global Services Forum 2021 aims to increase awareness on these topics and identify policy options, strategies and partnership opportunities. This event contributes to the fifteenth session of the Ministerial Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) in October 2021, which theme is “From inequality and vulnerability to prosperity for all”.

The GSF will bring together key relevant stakeholders from all regions - policy makers, regulators, business leaders, academics, coalitions of services industries and others – who will share their views and experiences on ways to unlock the development potential of services.

Events in the Global Services Forum 2021

A series of events will take place in the Global Services Forum 2021, including:

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