Symposium on assessment of trade in services

In December 2001, the Council for Trade in Services tasked the Secretariat with organizing a Symposium on Assessment of Trade in Services. It was intended to provide a forum for discussion and information exchange among delegations and, in the context of the ongoing services round, contribute to informed policy-making at national level. Most presentations — by representatives of international organizations as well as country experts — focused on growth and developmental effects of services liberalization at national, regional and/or sectoral level. They also highlighted the importance of sound domestic policy frameworks and regulatory structures. The Symposium was held on 14 and 15 March 2002.

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Programme  and background materials 

Thursday 14 March


A. Introduction by the Chairman: objectives of the symposium

Andrew L. Stoler, Deputy-Director General


B. Assessment of trade in services: background

(i) Relevant GATS provisions
Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
(ii) Overview of current commitments under GATS
Rolf Adlung, Trade in Services Division, WTO
PowerPoint presentation

Recommended reading: (Chapter 4) (43 pages; 569 KB in pdf format)


C. Trends in services trade under GATS — Recent developments

Guy Karsenty, Trade in Services Section, Statistics Division, WTO
PowerPoint presentation

Recommended reading: WTO document S/C/W/27/Add.1,  30 October 2000, (46 pages; 820 KB in Word format).


D. Services reform, structural change and economic development: empirical evidence

Aaditya Mattoo, Senior Economist, World Bank
PowerPoint presentation

Recommended reading:


E. Services performance in developing countries

Elements of the assessment(22 pages; 144 KB in Word format)
Manuela Tortora, Coordinator, Commercial Diplomacy Programme (DITC)
Jolita Butkeviciene, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade in Services Section (DITC)
PowerPoint presentation


F. Trade in infrastructural services and economic efficiency: national experiences
Presentations based on research papers

“Services reform strategies for developing countries”
Christopher Findlay, Australian National University, Canberra
PowerPoint presentation

Recommended reading: C. Findlay (2001), Services Sector Reform and Development Strategies: Issues and Research Priorities, Policy Issues in International Trade, Study Series No.8 (UNCTAD/ITCD/TAB/9)

Friday 15 March


Research papers (cont'd)


“Trade in infrastructural services: selected African experiences and the GATS negotiations”

Dominique Njinkeu, African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi
PowerPoint presentation


G. The impact of regulatory reform on services sector growth and efficiency: experiences in OECD countries

Pierre Sauvé, Trade Policy Linkages Division, OECD Trade Directorate (14 pages; 84 KB in Word format)
PowerPoint presentation

Recommended reading:\ech radepolicy\services

11:30 -13:00
15:00 -


H. Trade in infrastructural services and economic efficiency: Member submissions


Other contributions

I. Additional presentations

These presentations were initially prepared under agenda item H. Unfortunately, the authors were unable to participate at the Symposium.

Services export capacity in developing countries, especially LDCs”, Dorothy Riddle, Service-Growth Consultants Inc., Vancouver (10 pages; 59 KB in Word format)

“Openness and Trade in Services: Some empirical evidence for the Andean Countries”, Alain Fairlie, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima
PowerPoint presentation


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Reading material (sector- and mode-specific)

UNCTAD Secretariat


WTO Secretariat