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WBI Seminar: Services Trade and Policy: What does the Data Show?

Date: June 25, 2009

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Venue: room D, the World Trade Organization

Description: As the global economy has entered recession, trade has collapsed. However, one segment of trade seems to have weathered the storm somewhat better: trade in services.  In general, goods trade receives a lot of attention, not least because data on trade and policy are easily available.  New data-collection efforts are beginning to remedy our ignorance about services trade and policy.  The seminar will explore new evidence on range of questions:

  • What are the trends in services trade?
  • Is developing country participation growing?
  • Has the crisis hurt services trade as badly as goods trade? 
  • How open are countries to services trade? 
  • Where is the protection? 
  • What has been accomplished in the numerous regional and bilateral negotiations on services? 
  • What has been accomplished so far in the services dimension of Doha?.

ChairRichard Newfarmer, World Bank Special Representative to the UN and WTO 

10:00 - 10:10

Introductory Remarks

Harsha V. Singh, Deputy-Director General, WTO

10:10 - 11:00

Trends in Services Trade

11:00 - 12.50

Services Trade Policy and International Negotiations

  • Ranking GATS Commitments in the WTI, Gianni Zanini, World Bank Institute
  • Regionalism in Services and the WTO, Juan Marchetti and Martin Roy, WTO
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties, Rudolf Adlung, WTO
  • Current Policy, GATS commitments and Doha offers, Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank
  • Discussion led by Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
12:50 - 13:00Concluding Remarks 

H.E. Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria's WTO Ambassador

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For Information: Isabelle L. Taylor

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