Services trade

OECD Experts Meeting on Services, July 2009


OECD Experts Meeting on the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI)



 Agenda Background documents Previous meetings

The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate held an Experts Meeting to present the Services Trade Restrictiveness Indices (STRI) at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on 2-3 July 2009. This Experts Meeting marked the culmination of the pilot phase of the project, which aims at quantifying barriers to trade in services by developing indices of restrictiveness for the three pilot sectors of business, construction, and telecommunication services.


A prerequisite for effective negotiations on liberalisation of services trade is a good understanding of the driving forces and barriers to trade in services. A host of restrictions on market access, national treatment and other regulatory measures affect the cost of foreign services suppliers to enter and service a foreign market. The STRI project has compiled and aggregated relevant restrictions into indices in order facilitate cross country comparisons of regulatory profiles for the 3 pilot sectors.


The July meeting presented the results of analyses of the regulatory and trade data for business, telecommunications and construction services. The meeting began with an outline of the methodology used in index development with commentary from relevant experts, and was followed by a half day presentation of the sector specific indices. The meeting closed with a discussion of how these new indices may be used by various stakeholders.


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 Agenda (also available to download in pdf format)

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Session I: MethodologiesVenue and Practical Information


Developing the STRI: The top-down and bottom-up approaches (OECD Secretariat)


Methodology for Deriving the STRI (paper)

Presentation by Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, OECD

Presentation by Sébastien Miroudot, OECD



                    Natalie Chen, University of Warwick (presentation)

                    Tani Fukui, US International Trade Commission (presentation)


Session II: Professional Services


Presentation of the Indices (OECD Secretariat)


Services Trade Restrictiveness: Professional Services (paper)

Presentation by Massimo Geloso Grosso, OECD



                    Henk Kox, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) (presentation)

                    Alison Hook, International Law Society of England and Wales

                    Russell Keune, Architect, Independent Consultant (presentation)
                    Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Federation of European Accountants



Session III: Computer Services


Presentation of the Indices (OECD Secretariat)


Services Trade Restrictiveness: Computer and Related Services (paper)

Presentation by Molly Lesher and Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, OECD



                  Henk Kox, Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) (presentation)

                  Lee Tuthill, WTO Secretariat 



Friday, 3 July 2009

Session IV: Telecommunications Services


Presentation of the Indices (OECD Secretariat)


Services Trade Restrictiveness: Telecommunication Services (paper)

Presentation by Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås and Molly Lesher, OECD



                    Ewan Sutherland, Independent Consultant

                    Eric Loeb, AT&T



Session V: Construction Services


Presentation of the Indices (OECD Secretariat)


Services Trade Restrictiveness: Construction Services (paper)

Presentation by Massimo Geloso Grosso, OECD



                    Roger Flanagan, Reading University (presentation)

                    Victor Chen, University of Melbourne (presentation)



Session VI: Possible uses of the STRI and next steps



          Peter Neary, Oxford University (presentation)

          Alexander Keck, WTO Secretariat (presentation)

          Rolf Adlung, WTO Secretariat (presentation)

          Joaquim Oliveira Martins, OECD Secretariat (presentation)




Background documents



Testing the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index: Gravity Regressions and Trade Costs Analysis 


The Services Trade Restrictiveness Index: Issues and Challenges in its Design [TAD/TC/SXM(2007)2]


Measuring Bilateral Trade in Services: A Note on the Data Collected and Estimated for the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index [TAD/TC/SXM(2008)2]


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