Services Trade Policy at Work

Services Data Collection for Low-income Countries: A Toolkit

This training module provides guidance and strategies for developing country officials to better collect and compile services trade data. The coverage of services trade data, both aggregate and at the sector level, remains a challenge for Low-income (LICs) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) whose policy-makers and trade negotiators remain in the dark about what services they are trading with which countries. This training module includes a number of resources, including a video presentation and toolkit, intended for officials from central banks, national statistical institutes as well as Ministries of Trade, Commerce, Finance and others.

This training is part of the “Support to Enhance Development of Trade in Services Negotiations” initiative jointly undertaken by ILEAP, CUTS International Geneva and the University of Sussex’s CARIS. It aims to contribute to the increased and more effective participation of Least Developed, Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries and their Regional Economic Communities in multilateral, regional and bilateral services trade negotiations.

The initiative promotes understanding among policy makers, regulators and negotiators about their services sectors and the role that trade negotiations can play in pursuing their strategic interests therein.