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OECD Global Forum on Trade 2012


Trade in Services: What is at stake and what is to be done

Paris, France | 8 November, 2012


The 2012 Global Forum on Trade (GFT) discussed the trade policy implications of the changing market conditions facing services providers, with the view of unleashing the growth potential that more open services markets entail. The objective of this forum was to take stock of insights from recent work on the importance of services trade, including in global value chains, identify the extent of barriers facing services providers and distil practical services trade policy consequences for countries at different levels of income.

Services account for a rising share of GDP in developed as well as developing economies and almost all net job creation in middle-and high-income countries come from services. Trade liberalisation, developments in passenger transport (air, high-speed train) and telecommunications technology have enabled internationalisation of services sectors through cross-border trade, establishment of commercial presence abroad and the provision of services through movement of services providers.

Services are part and parcel of global value chains where design and product development create value during the pre-production stage of final goods and services; and transport, logistics, telecommunications, finance and a host of business services grease the wheels of international commerce. Finally, marketing and distribution collect information about the consumer that in turn is used by product designers, creating a feed-back loop that is crucial for customising products to consumer needs and preferences.

The Global Forum will discuss trade policy implications of the changing market conditions facing service providers, with the view of unleashing the growth potential that more open services markets entail.

Agenda and participants list

» Agenda - 2012 Global Forum | English (pdf) | French (pdf)

» Participants list | English (pdf)


Background Documents

» Trade in Tasks Policy Paper (pdf)

» Improving Reliability on Surface Transport Networks (pdf)

» Measurement of National-Level Logistics Costs and Performance (pdf)

» Statistics Brief on Global Trade and Transport (pdf)

» Policy Brief on Making Reliability Part of Transport Policy (pdf)

» What an International Services Agreement Would Mean for Globally Engaged Companies

» How Companies Can Use International Investment Agreements to Open Markets and Protect Their Investments

» The economic impact of the Services Directive: A first assessment following implementation


Keynote presentation

» Remarks by H.E. Anabel González, Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica


Session I

» Services in Global Value Chains by Sébastien Miroudot, OECD Trade and Agriculture

» Trade in Tasks: Hype or Reality? by Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, OECD Trade and Agriculture

» "Everybody" is in Services - The Impact of Servicification on Trade and Trade Policy by Karin Eckerdal


Session II

» Improving supply chain performance through reliability by Jari Kauppila, ITF

» Two models of interconnection in telecom networks by Rudolf van der Berg, OECD Science, Technology and Industry

» Financial Regulation post-Financial Crisis by Juan Marchetti, WTO


Session III, Part 1

» Presentation by Anupam Khanna, NASSCOM (not available)

» Outline of remarks by Josh Kallmer, Crowell & Moring LLC, speaking on behalf of BIAC

» The economic effects of the implementation of the Services Directive by Josefa Monteagudo and Daniel Kramer, EC

» Professional Services in Africa: Time for Action by Nora Dihel, World Bank


Session III, Part 2

» The impact of global value chains for services trade agreement by Pascal Kerneis, ESF



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