The African economy is undergoing diversification and becoming more integrated into the world economy. But whether the current pace of change is sufficient to achieve lasting structural transformation is another question.In order for GVCs to contribute positively to structural change, policy also needs to adapt.
Education and media services both provide services that embody local cultures, in which there is extensive public sector participation and significant domestic regulation. At the same time, they are dramatically affected by the information and communication technology revolution. The production of information content now involves huge costs in terms of research and development or artistic talent, while the cost of making such products available to other consumers is very low. This in turn challenges the effectiveness of domestic regulation and raises fundamental questions about its purpose, calling for an increased scope for international trade and investment, and the development of supply chains. This book provides readers with a comprehensive and consistent treatment of policy in the higher education and media services sector across a range of Asian economies little studied in the existing literature. It gives an overview of global trends in each area, followed by detailed, country-specific studies. Through comparative work, it identifies common elements across these sectors and highlights critical implications for trade policy.
By participating more effectively in the global production of goods and services, Africa can transform its economy and achieve a development breakthrough, according to the latest African Economic Outlook, released at the African Development Bank Group’s Annual Meetings.
The services trade restrictiveness methodology lets visitors replicate the calculations of OECD experts on services trade and explore the methods that form the foundations of the STRI database and policy simulator.
English, PDF, 197kb
The STRI distribution services sector note is a two-page summary of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for the sector.
German, PDF, 100kb
A two-page OECD summary and analysis of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for Germany in German.
Portuguese, PDF, 145kb
A two-page OECD summary and analysis of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for Brazil in Portuguese.
Chinese, PDF, 499kb
A two-page OECD summary and analysis of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for China in Mandarin Chinese.
French, PDF, 1,095kb
The STRI policy brief contains analysis by OECD trade policy experts based on the conclusions drawn from the indices in the services trade restrictiveness index.
Spanish, PDF, 132kb
A two-page OECD summary and analysis of the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index results for Mexico in Spanish.