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Global Services Forum, Services, Trade and Inclusive and Sustainable Development
19 Apr 2012
09:00 - 18:00
Special Events
AUDITORIUM 2

Key Issues

 
The services sector has gained increasing importance over the last decade, contributing a growing share to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment in all countries.
 
Services have become a fundamental economic activity and play a key role in infrastructure building, competitiveness, poverty alleviation, employment creation and trade facilitation.
 
While the services sector has matured in developed countries, it is the new frontier for the expansion of trade, productivity and competitiveness, and for the provision of essential services and universal access in developing countries. The sector represents about 50 per cent of GDP and 36 per cent of employment in developing countries, and the shares of developing countries in world services exports has been relatively modest and increased only steadily from 23 per cent in 2000 to 26 per cent in 2010.
 
Therefore, while there exist huge potential for these countries to develop their services sector, they face a variety of challenges to build viable services sector and services trade to foster inclusive and sustainable development.
 
UNCTAD has undertaken pioneering and comprehensive work on services. The event's discussions will also provide guidance to the future work of UNCTAD in the area of services.

Purpose of the event 
 
The Forum will bring together Ministers and high-level policy-makers, private sector, coalitions of services industries and associations, international organizations, services regulators, analysts, and other stakeholders to address the growth and employment potential of services sectors, new strategies for building services productive and export capacity, and removing barriers to services trade.
 
It will promote the sharing of successful and innovative best-fit policies and lessons learnt, especially in the post crisis period, and contributing to sustained global recovery.
 
Expected outcome / Deliverables: 
 
  • Catalyze new ideas on strategies to strengthen development impact of services sectors, and drive forward the global services trade agenda.
  • Greater clarity on the 21st Century issues in the services sector, including the important role of services in global value chain; financial, ICT and digital economy, business, and infrastructural services; and employment creation.
  • Enhanced awareness on the importance of policy, regulatory and institutional supportive frameworks and multi-stakeholder approaches.
  • Identification of policy measures to foster increased trade in services, build services productive and export capacity, and remove barriers to services exports particularly from developing countries.
  • Creation and strengthening of new services partnerships including coalitions of services industries.
  • Identification of possible new areas of work in services, trade and development.
 
A summary of the discussions will be made available to the Conference.
 

Contact:
 
Ms. Mina Mashayekhi
Tel: 41-22 917 58 66
Fax:  + 41-22 9170044
E-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org
 
Ms. Liping Zhang
Tel: + 41-22 9175701
Fax: + 41-22 9170044
E-mail : liping.zhang@unctad.org
 
Co-organizers/Co-hosts: 
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International (TAGI)
  • Coalitions and associations of service industries 
  • Australian Services Roundtable 
  • China Association of Trade in Services

Documents

  • UNCTAD(XIII)/CN/2012/22
    Global Services Forum
    English |
  • Programme Timetable
    Global Services Forum
    English |
  • TD/473
    Summary of Global Services Forum (UNCTAD XIII pre-Conference event)
    English |

Presentation

WAY FORWARD: EXPERIENCES IN FORMING COALITIONS OF SERVICE INDUSTRIES, David Primack, Executive Director, ILEAP
English

SERVICES-OUR TIME HAS COME MUTUAL SUPPORT THROUGH THE GLOBAL SERVICES NETWORK, Jane Drake-Brockman, Principal JDB Solutions/Co-Convenor, Global Services Network, Australia
English

BUILDING CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO IMPROVE SERVICES COMPETITIVENESS, Estella Aryada, Trade Adviser, Special Advisory Services Division Commonwealth Secretariat
English

SERVICES, TRADE AND INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, Moritz Ackermann, Desk Officer, Division of Trade, Globalization, Investment Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
English

21ST CENTURY SERVICES ISSUES – FINANCIAL SERVICES, Marion Williams, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organization Mission of Barbados in Geneva
English

21st CENTURY ISSUES: CHANGES IN FINANCIAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES, Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
English

21st CENTURY ISSUES: CHANGES IN FINANCIAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES, Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
English

21st CENTURY ISSUES: CHANGES IN FINANCIAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES, Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
English

TRADE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN ASIA, Gloria Pasadilla, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute
English

21st CENTURY SERVICES ISSUES, Pradeep K. Mukherji, President & Managing Partner, Avasant
English

SERVICES TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT, Marion Jansen, Senior Specialist for Trade and Employment, International Labour Organization
English

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES WITH RESPECT TO ISLAMIC BANKING, Seraj Al Baker, CEO, Mazaya Qatar
English

SERVICES TRADE LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL?, Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum
English

SERVICES LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL?, Sudhir Sooklal, Director, Trade in Services Depart
English

SERVICES TRADE LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL?, Sébastien Miroudot, Trade and Agriculture Director
English

SERVICES TRADE LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL?, Guillermo Malpica Soto, Director General of Services Negotiations, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
English

SERVICES TRADE AND INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL, J.S. Deepak, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India
English

SERVICES LIBERALIZATION: MULTILATERAL OR REGIONAL?, Yonov F. Agah, Ambassador and Permanent Represerntative to WTO,Mission of Nigeria in Geneva
English

TRADE IN SERVICES: NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES, Andrew McCredie, Executive Director, Australian Services Roundtable
English

THE ROLE OF TRADE FINANCE IN PROMOTING SERVICES TRADE, Francis Mbroh, Director, Reserch, Planning & International Cooperation, African Export – Import Bank (Afreximbank)
English

STRENGHTEN COOPERATION FOR MUTUAL BENEFITS AND WINWIN, PROMOTE NEW DEVELOPMENT OF GLOBAL TRADE IN SERVICES, Lv Jijian, Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade in Services and Commercial Services, Ministry of Commerce of China
English

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES TRADE, Mark Hellyer, Director, CTA Economic & Export Analysts Ltd.
English

TRADE IN SERVICES: NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES TOURISM AS AN INTERNATIONALLY TRADED SERVICE, Marcio Favilla L. de Paula, Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
English

THE SERVICES REGIME OF THE CARICOM SINGLE MARKET AND ECONOMY (CSME) –A BRIEF ASSESSMENT OF ITS ACHILLES HEEL, W. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda
English

HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT: Services, Productivity and Competitiveness, Harsha Singh, Deputy Director General, World Trade
English

HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT: Services, Productivity and Competitiveness, Gulam Muhammed Quader, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh
English

HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT: Services, Productivity and Competitiveness, A.J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
English

HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT:Services, Productivity and Competitiveness, Huang Hai, First Vice Chairman, China Association of Trade in Services
English

REMARKS, Cemalettin Damlaci, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy of Turkey
English

REMARKS, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
English

STATEMENT, Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade and Industry,Trinidad and Tobago
English

THE ROLE OF ICTs IN AN INCLUSIVE AND INNOVATIVE SERVICES SECTOR, Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
English

OPENING REMARKS, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Senator and Chairman & CEO,Talal Abu-Ghazaleh organization (TAG-Org)
English

OPENING REMARKS, Supachai Panitchpakd,Secretary-General of UNCTAD
English

OPENING STATEMENT, Ransford Smith,Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
English

OPENING STATEMENT
English

Summary

The Forum was organized by UNCTAD together with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, and in partnership with China Association of Trade in Services, Australian Services Roundtable, European Services Forum and Arab NGO Network for Development and the Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions.
 
The Forum was opened and chaired by H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar. The Secretary- General of UNCTAD delivered opening remarks.
 
The Forum brought together a large number of Ministers, high-level policymakers and business leaders, as well as representatives of coalitions and associations of services industries and civil society, across the world. Representatives of relevant international organizations and civil society also took part in the Forum. These included the World Bank, WTO, OECD, ITC, the World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO), ITU, ECA, African Union, the ACP Group of States and the African Export-Import Bank, as well as the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), Centre for Research on Multilateral Corporations (SOMO) and the Third World Network.
 
The way forward
 
It was recognized that the importance of services should not be taken for granted, and that the private sector and public advocacy and awareness-raising were key to enhancing the sector’s contribution to growth and development. Participants made a strong call to enhance networks among national and regional services coalitions and associations, and promote all forms of partnership and cooperative frameworks on services involving the private sector, services industries, government, researchers and civil society. There was consensus to institutionalize the Global Services Forum, which was considered a major outcome of UNCTAD XIII, and participants agreed to meet regularly. Participants acknowledged the unique and pioneering nature of the Forum as the first of its sort in the history of international cooperation relating to the services sector. No comparable intergovernmental forum on services existed on a global scale that brought together a range of stakeholders.
 
The Forum witnessed the launching of the Arab Coalition of Services Industries (ACSI), which was conceived and proposed at the initiative of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and UNCTAD. The Statement of Purpose and the Draft Articles of Association were presented at the Forum to be finalized subsequently. It was proposed that the ACSI would be domiciled in Qatar. ACSI would ensure the continued development and prosperity of world-class Arab services businesses and the vibrant domestic services sector that supported inclusive and sustainable development in the Arab region. The ACSI would bring together representatives from various services sectors from Arab countries, and promote partnership and cooperation to support development of Arab services businesses and economy. It would advocate raising the profile and awareness of services sectors to allow the region to better harness the tremendous potential of services trade. One area of focus would be knowledge economy.
 
UNCTAD contribution
 
Participants commended UNCTAD’s comprehensive and pioneering work on services, such as the regulatory and institutional dimension of infrastructure services and national Services Policy Reviews. They called upon UNCTAD to substantially strengthen its analytical, consensus-building, intergovernmental and advocacy work on services, and address capacity constraints faced by developing countries in building sound regulatory and institutional frameworks on services and effectively formulating policies aimed at building competitive productive capacity and facilitating effective participation in trade negotiations on services to promote inclusive and sustainable development. UNCTAD was also called upon to promote partnerships and cooperative frameworks, including among coalitions and associations of services industries.
 
The Forum also served as a launching pad for two new innovative UNCTAD publications on Services, Trade and Development, financed by the International Development Research Centre (Canada), and Regulatory and Institutional Dimension of Infrastructure Services.
 

Participants


Chaired by:  H.E. Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Qatar
 
Opening remarks:
 
Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
 
H.E. Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Senator and Chairman  & CEO, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
 
H.E. Ambassador Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
 
High-level segment: Services, productivity and competitiveness
 
Moderator:  H.E. Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Senator and Chairman & CEO, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
 
Speakers:
 
H.E. Dr. W. Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda
 
H.E. Mr. Ghulam Muhammed Quader, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh
 
H.E. Mr. A. J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
 
H.E. Mr. Wakikona David, Minister of State for Trade, Uganda
 
H.E. Mr. Lekh Raj Bhatta, Minister of Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
 
H.E. Mr. Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade and Industry, Trinidad and Tobago
 
H.E. Mr. Cemalettin Damlaci, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, Turkey
 
Mr. Huang Hai, First Vice Chairman, China Association of Trade in Services
 
Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
 
Mr. Harsha Singh, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)
 

Panel session I:  Trade in services: new growth opportunities
 
Moderator:  H.E. Ambassador Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
 
Panellists:
 
Mr. Lv  Jijian, Deputy Director-General, Department of Trade in Services and Commercial Services, Ministry of Commerce, China
 
Mr. Andrew McCredie, Executive Director, Australian Services Roundtable
 
Dr. Francis Mbroh, Director of Research, Planning & International Cooperation, African Export-Import Bank
 
Mr. Marcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
 
Mr. Mark Hellyer, Director, CTA Economic & Export Analysts Ltd., United Kingdom
 
Panel session II:  Services liberalization: multilateral or regional?
 
Moderator: Ms. Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities, UNCTAD
 
Panellists:
 
Mr. J.S. Deepak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, India
 
H.E. Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to WTO, Mission of Nigeria in Geneva
 
Mr. Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum, Belgium
 
Mr. Sudhir Sooklal, Director, Trade in Services, Division of International Trade and Economic Development, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
 
Mr. Guillermo Malpica Soto, Director General of Services Negotiations, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
 
Mr. Sebastien Miroudot, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Panel session III: 21st century services issues
 
Moderator: Mr. Datuk M. Supperamaniam, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia
 
Panellists:
 
Mr. Seraj Al Baker, CEO, Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development Q.S.C., Qatar
 
H.E. Dr. Marion V. Williams, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Barbados, Geneva
 
Ms. Myriam Vander Stichele, Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), The Netherlands
 
Dr. Pradeep K. Mukherji, President & Managing Partner, Avasant, India
 
Mr. Edmund Opoku-Agyeman, Coordinator, Services Export Support Initiative, Ghana
 
Ms. Gloria Pasadilla, Research Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan
 
Ms. Marion Jansen, Senior Specialist for Trade and Employment, International Labour Organization (ILO)
 
Way forward: Partnerships and coalitions to strengthen the services development and trade
 
Moderator: Mr. Guillermo Valles, Director, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, UNCTAD
 
Launch of services coalitions in Arab region: Founders' meeting
 
H.E. Mr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Senator and Chairman & CEO, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org)
 
Experiences in forming coalitions of service industries:
Ms. Jane Drake-Brockman, Principal JDB Solutions/Co-Convenor Global Services Network
 
Mr. David Primack, Executive Director, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), Canada
 
Ms. Lisa Cummins, Executive Director, Barbados Coalition of Services Industries/Secretary, Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions (CNSC)
 
Building capacity in developing countries to improve service competitiveness:
 
Ms. Estella Aryada, Trade Adviser, Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
 
Mr. Moritz Ackermann, Desk Officer, Division of Trade, Globalization, Investment, Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Germany
 
Mr. George Walusimbi Mpanga, Executive Director, Uganda Coalition of Service Industries