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?.
Chair: Richard Newfarmer, World Bank Special Representative to the UN and WTO
|10:00 - 10:10|
Harsha V. Singh, Deputy-Director General, WTO
|10:10 - 11:00|
Trends in Services Trade
- Trends in Services Trade and Data Issues, Barbara d’Andrea, WTO
- The Crisis-Resilience of Services Trade, Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank
|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 - 13:00||Concluding Remarks |
H.E. Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria's WTO Ambassador
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