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  • ISSUE 01/2014

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  • Creating value in an interconnected world
    15.04.2014

    The OECD Secretary-General outlines the inherent worth of trade in services as well as the contributions service functions can make to global value chains and national export revenue.

    Fari growth for all through tourism
    15.04.2014

    The UNWTO Secretary-General relates his thoughts on how the tourism industry blends aspects of diverse disciplines into a harmonized whole, which can help enhance competitiveness in emerging economies.

    A services environment facilitating manufacturing and agriculture
    15.04.2014

    Breaking down how services contribute to overall product value illustrates their importance and points up the need for an enabling business environment, experts from Sweden’s National Board of Trade contend.

    What is TiSA and why does It matter?
    15.04.2014

    The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) can remake the way services are exchanged and add trillions of U.S. dollars to the world economy, writes Peter Allgeier of the Coalition of Services Industries.

    The trouble with TiSA - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    While trade accords have the power to change the way services are exchanged, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations are not transparent or inclusive enough to provide a clear mandate, says Pierre Sauvé of the World Trade Institute.

    Q and A with WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    The importance of intellectual property to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the methods of protecting it to foster external investment and revenue growth.

    Services sector in Barbados: Charting a new strategic direction
    15.04.2014

    Matching policy directives with a well-organized development plan can make all the difference when trying to harness the full potential of the services sector, writes BCSI Executive Director Lisa R. Cummins.

    Bringing international accounting standards to SMEs in the Arab world - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    Accounting services in the Middle East had to play catch-up after the oil boom of the 1970s. They’re now as good as any in the world when it comes to meeting international standards, says TAG-Org chairman Talal Abu-Ghazaleh.

    Colombian Trade promotion leads to services export boom.
    15.04.2014

    Thinking outside the box - and outside the border - has boosted Colombian service providers while creating trade links on a vastly enlarged scale, writes Maria Claudia Lacouture, the president of Proexport Colombia.

    Ensuring business-friendly services regulation through dialogue
    15.04.2014

    The reasons services markets need oversight are almost as numerous as the laws and procedures that hinder their growth. Finding a balancing point between protecting local providers and public policy objectives is key to 21st century trade enablement.

    Entering services sector value chains - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    Methods by which the A4T regime can create opportunities for increased export services from developing and least-developed nations that might not otherwise be able to join, and benefit from, global value chains.

    Regional cooperation in services trade
    15.04.2014

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) views trade in services as key to achieving regional economic integration since the services sector makes up nearly half of GDP in many member states. Sector liberalization is expected to create a competitive...

    Bangladesh IT sector building business links to Europe - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    A programme matching Continental clients with IT providers in Bangladesh has benefited both groups in a business sense while greatly increasing export revenue for the developing Asian nation.

    Indonesian services sector find its voice - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    The country’s fast-growing services industry is being supported by an ITC-supported industry services dialogue to promote trade and investment in Indonesia as well as best-practice profiles.

    Fostering sustainability to tourism
    15.04.2014

    The tourism industry’s remarkable growth, which is expected to continue in the coming decades, has the potential to drive socioeconomic and infrastructure development while aligning diverse partners in a common goal: creating a greener planet.

    Putting principles into practice with WTO Domestic Regulation Disciplines - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    An open dialogue between the public and private sectors can lead to the elimination of trade restrictions and detrimental policies while creating new lines of communication, WTO and European Commission experts say.

    Mobilizing business to expand trade in services - thumbnail
    15.04.2014

    The business community must work more closely with policymakers to develop specific service sectors that add export value, the author of a new ITC book holds.

    Publications
    15.04.2014

    Resources on trade and export development for exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers

    Briefs
    15.04.2014

    UNCTAD calls for greater recognition of small island developing StatesSmall island developing States (SIDS) need international support more than ever in their efforts to build resilient economies, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations...

    A trade facilitation agreement increase LDC exports
    15.04.2014

    At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in Bali in December 2013, ministers agreed on a package for least developed countries (LDCs), including progress towards the operationalization of the waiver concerning preferential treatment...