Valuing Services in Trade: A Toolkit for Competitiveness Diagnostics

Valuing Services in Trade: A Toolkit for Competitiveness Diagnostics

Place: 
Washington, D. C.
Publisher: 
World Bank Group
Phys descriptions: 
xxiii, 140pp. ill. ; tables, 28cm
Date published: 
2015
Record type: 
ISBN: 
978-1-4648-0155-6
Call No: 
339.9.012.421 WOR
Abstract: 

Valuing Services in Trade: A Toolkit for Competitiveness Diagnostics provides a framework, guidance, and practical tools for conducting an analysis and diagnostics of the trade competitiveness of a country’s services sector. The proposed methods subsequently identify the main constraints to improved competitiveness and the appropriate policy responses. Valuing Services in Trade has been successfully tested on country-specific assessments and is designed to address a wider audience, including policy makers in developing countries and development practitioners in international organizations, policy-making institutions, and academia. Its modules are valuable for different audiences; full country diagnostics can be undertaken or various parts of the Toolkit can be used to address specific areas of interest to policy makers and experts. A successful diagnostic based on the Toolkit depends on qualitative assessments and information gathered from a wide variety of stakeholders in the country, including government officials and the private sector, as well as on the quantitative analysis. A diagnostic analysis should therefore be conducted in four key steps, including preparation of a preliminary trade outcome assessment based on available hard data; initial desk research and preparation for fieldwork; in-country field research; and analysis and preparation of the final report and policy recommendations.

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CITATION: . Valuing Services in Trade: A Toolkit for Competitiveness Diagnostics . Washington, D. C. : World Bank Group , 2015. - Available at: http://library.au.int/valuing-services-trade-toolkit-competitiveness-diagnostics-4