Promoting IT Enabled Services

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Trade in services enabled by information and communication technologies could be an engine of growth for many developing countries looking to diversify from commoditiesbased economies. For this trade policy to be successful governments must establish effective policies and develop the correct regulatory framework, infrastructure and human capital.

This handbook explains the key issues from the viewpoints of the regulator, the investor, the policymaker and the donor. It provides detailed analysis of the Mauritian experience, which holds useful lessons for small states in particular. It will help policymakers to learn directly from other countries' experience of developing IT enabled services and will assist private sector organisations to understand how governments frame their policies.



The Role of EPAs in Supporting Services Reform in Africa

This chapter discusses the issue of opening up to trade in services. It argues that this is a crucial policy issue for Africa and one that could be deepened in the context of the economic partnership agreements (EPAs) that African countries are currently negotiating with the European Union. The goods-only interim agreements that have been negotiated so far are unlikely to have a strong impact on development so the opportunity to negotiate appropriately designed provisions on trade in services could have more important trade impacts. Nevertheless, implementing a clear strategy for trade in services, to exploit opportunities for new dynamic exports and to drive efficiency in the provision of services to domestic consumers, should not be dependent on signing EPAs. We discuss ways in which EPAs could be designed to support the development of services sectors in Africa but recognise that EPAs may not be the most appropriate way to pursue services reform for all African countries.


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