Expert Meeting on Trade in Services
Services-led Competitiveness: Peer Learning from Emerging Global Players
29-30 November 2010, Room A at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris
Background and purpose of the meeting
In most emerging economies, services represent a growing share of domestic GDP, and some sectors such as transport, communications and finance provide critical backbone services for the rest of the economy. Furthermore, some sectors are important from a human development perspective, enabling access to basic services (e.g. health and education) that enhance people’s capabilities. In this context, the case for open and competitive services markets holds the potential to deliver significant economic and social gains.
The OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate has accorded priority to work on trade in services that will, over time, contribute to the knowledge base in this area and build reliable measurement tools. Despite the growing importance of services trade, the paucity of data makes it difficult to measure trade flows or assess their impact on variables of economic interest. Furthermore, it is difficult to understand how to reduce barriers and other obstacles to trade in services. Hence, collecting statistics on services flows and information on barriers to services trade constitute high priorities in current research programmes on trade in services.
Against this backdrop, the purpose of this meeting was to share information on ongoing efforts to develop sources of information and indicators for trade in services, with a view to stimulating discussion on the relative merits and shortcomings of these analytical tools, as well as their policy relevance for emerging economies. The meeting presented an important opportunity to solicit inputs from major emerging economies while the work was still ongoing, in order to integrate countries’ needs and perspectives in the research process. To this end, the meeting convened senior services experts from emerging economies to discuss new analytical tools and assess their relevance for informing evidence-based policy.
The meeting covered three main topics in services trade research, namely developments in collecting and compiling services trade data, methodologies for constructing services trade restrictiveness indices, and datasets on services commitments under regional trade agreements (RTAs) and GATS. This was be complemented by country presentations from senior trade officials exploring emerging services exports, their regulatory environment, and policy barriers confronted in OECD and non-OECD markets.
Session I: Statistics on Trade in Services: New Developments
Welcome remarks and overview of meeting
Ken Ash, Director of the the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
Dale Andrew, Head of the Trade Policy Linkages and Services Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
Andreas Maurer, Chief, International Trade Statistics Section, Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) (Presentation)
Bettina Wistrom, Administrator, OECD Statistics Directorate ((Presentation)
Background documents for this session:
Other relevant references:
Sébastien Miroudot, Marie Sudreau, Jehan Sauvage of the Trade Policy Linkages and Services Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (Presentation)
An important component of the meeting aimed at exploiting opportunities for peer learning was the presentations from high-level national services experts. The country panels showcased emerging services exports, their regulatory environment, and policy barriers confronted in OECD and non-OECD markets.
Along these lines, some of the questions that participants addressed are below.
Hildegunn Nordås, Senior Services Expert, Trade Policy Linkages and Services Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate (Presentation)
Background documents for this session:
Background information from previous meetings:
Session V: Conclusions and the way forward
Dale Andrew, Head of Trade Policy Linkages and Services Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
Nordas Hildegunn, Senior Services Expert, Trade Policy Linkages and Services Division, OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate
In addition to its members, the OECD develops partnerships and works closely with many other economies around the world.
For information on OECD’work with non-OECD members, including Enhanced Engagement and Southeast Asian countries, see Global Relations Network: www.oecd.org/globalrelations.
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