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The database can be accessed via I-TIP Services, which also provides information on WTO members' commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services, services commitments in regional trade agreements, and services statistics.

The database was developed in response to the growing global demand for information on services trade policies and regulations in both developed and developing economies. The data increases the transparency of regulatory frameworks and provides critical information for national policy reforms, international trade negotiations and research on services. Entry requirements for services providers, licensing conditions and cross-border data flow restrictions feature among the data available.

An updated World Bank Services Trade Restrictions Index (STRI) was also presented. The STRI is used to quantify services policy restrictiveness, with the aim of allowing users to better analyse the impact of services trade policies, including on the costs of trading services, and to identify global patterns.

The Services Trade Policy Database was presented at a session of “Simply Services — A Trade in Services Speaker Series”, an informal platform for the exchange of knowledge and information on trade in services at the WTO.

More information can be found here.

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