Development Implications of Liberalization of Trade in Services

Economic literature has demonstrated the importance of the services sector in the process of economic growth and social development. The challenge for developing countries now is, first, to strengthen the supply of domestic services and, second, to reconcile trade, development, social and equity considerations.

This project aims to produce a comprehensive assessment of available policy options for doing so. The findings will be published in a book, and widely disseminated by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The book will be presented at regional and global meetings. The project will enhance UNCTAD's capacity to provide technical assistance in this area, benefit developing country policymakers, and contribute to the ongoing scholarly and policy debate on the development dimensions of the services sector, broadly classified as infrastructure, business and social services.

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Start Date

Saturday, September 15, 2007

End Date

Friday, December 31, 2010


20 months

IDRC Officer

Melesse, Martha

Total funding

CA$ 274,800


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Mina Mashayekhi


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

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