Toolkits & Training

Integrated training materials across key issues of trade in services regulation and negotiations.

Effective institutional mechanisms for intra-governmental coordination and non-state actor (NSA) engagement on TiS policymaking and negotiations are essential. Not only do they provide decision-makers with key information sources, but they also provide needed buy-in from stakeholders. This toolkit helps governments in LDCs, LICs, LMICs and their RECs to improve the effectiveness of different institutional mechanisms for coordination and consultions on trade in services policymaking and negotiations.

Despite the availability of new data from the World Bank, 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. As part of a series of trainings developed for central banks, national statistical institutes (NSIs), policy-makers, regulators and trade negotiators in these countries, this toolkit provides practical guidance for them to better collect, compile and use data on services trade. Designed based on good practices tested in similar countries, the strategy proposed here follows a sequenced process from adopting enabling legislative provisions and institutional frameworks, to securing external technical assistance and diversifying data sources.