WTO Working Papers

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The Contribution of Services Trade Policies to Connectivity in the Context of Aid for Trade

This paper examines how services trade and policies contribute to connectivity. It highlights the economic relevance of services and identifies some key channels through which trade in services contributes to physical and digital connectivity. The paper examines the impact of services trade policies on connectivity in view of recent research showing their impact on sectoral performance, economic welfare and development. Finally, it discusses the positive contribution that aid for trade can make in support of services policies.


Keywords: WTO, trade in services, GATS, aid for trade, digital trade
JEL: F53: International Economics / International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy / International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations; L8: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; L96: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities / Telecommunications; F15: International Economics / Trade / Economic Integration
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