qThe services sector is key to economic growth, competitiveness, and poverty alleviation. Comprising more than two-thirds of the world economy, services are now commonly traded across borders, helped by technological progress and the increased mobility of persons. In recent years, a number of developing countries have looked at trade in services as a means to both respond to domestic supply shortages and to diversify and boost exports. Any country can tap into the trade potential of services, but not every country can become a services hub across sectors. The opening of the services sector potentially comes with large benefits, but also fears and costs that should not be overlooked. This book provides useful guidelines for the assessment of a country's trade potential, and a roadmap for successful opening and export promotion in select services sectors. It looks at both the effects of increased imports and exports, and provides concrete examples of developing country approaches that have either succeeded or failed to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of opening. It focuses on sectors that have been rarely analyzed through the trade lens, and/or have a fast growing trade potential for developing countries. These sectors are: accounting, construction, distribution, engineering, environmental, health, information technology, and legal services. It is designed for non-trade specialists to understand how trade can help improve access to key services in developing countries, and for trade specialists to understand the specific characteristics of each individual sector. It will be a useful tool for governments to design successful trade opening or promotion strategies, and for the private sector and consumers to advocate sound domestic policy reforms accompanying an offensive trade agenda.qpublic-private partnerships in environmental services, 332, 341 in IT services, 241a42 public procurement process construction services, 179b, 196a99, 198b, 199b, 211a12t corruption in, 200 engineering services, 303a4 environmental services, 333a37, 339, 342t ... 148b, 148t Reyna, Peter, 200 Rizvi Isa Afridi aamp; Angell law firm, 74 Romania bilateral labor agreement with Spain, 60 IT services in, 222, anbsp;...
|Title||:||International Trade in Services|
|Publisher||:||World Bank Publications - 2010|