25. May 2016

REDLAS 2016 Conference - Call For Papers NEW DEADLINE

São Paulo, Brazil, 04-05 October 2016

"Services, Technology and International Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Latin America"

Submission of abstracts: NEW DEADLINE June 30th, 2016
Notification of acceptance to authors: July 15th, 2016
Submission of final papers: September 1st, 2016
Registration: September 27th, 2016
Submission: >> http://www.mackenzie.br/index.php?id=29613&L=2 <<
1. Technology, service innovation and business experiences
Services are being increasingly delivered using information and communication technologies (ICTs) which give customers and providers more flexibility. Service delivery through ICT may increase competition and reduce traditional geographical boundaries that previously limited many service providers. The trends and innovations are particularly important in education, health care, and other public services in order to contain their rapidly increasing cost and to promote the technological catch up in these sectors in countries in the region. Moreover, innovation in public services plays an important role in further developing the national innovation systems. Topics to be addressed in this area:
  • IT delivered services and services innovation
  • Internet of Things, Servitization and Business Models
  • Services, employment and productivity in the era of globally interconnected machines and devices
  • Successful technological business experiences in Latin America and policy implications
  • Innovation in education, health care, smart cities and other public services
2. Internationalization of services and trade agreements
The growing participation of services in international trade, as emphasized by the recently published trade in value added (TiVA) statistics, and in economies around the world merits more debate. In Latin America, the study of trade in services is relatively under-developed, in particular compared to trade in goods. Services trade liberalization and harmonization of regulatory frameworks is also underway in the region as has been the development of statistics that would allow for a better design of public-private policies. Multiple topics can be addressed in this area:
  • Developments in regional and global trade negotiations on trade in services, including the Pacific Alliance, TISA and mega-regional agreements
  • The role of services in exports in Latin America and their links to development
  • Role of  services in adding value to commodities and manufactures 
  • The impact of regulatory frameworks on trade in services
  • Trade in services and employment
  • Public and private policies promoting trade in services
  • Impact of ICT on international trade in services within Latin America and between the region and the rest of the world
  • Public and private policies to promote ICT-enabled trade in services
3. Latin American services in global value chains
Over the past two decades, the international fragmentation of production has been studied by tracking the movement of intermediate goods and services across borders. This work has concentrated mostly on goods trade. In particular in the context of Latin America, relatively few studies have been done on the participation of services in global value chains (GVCs), in part because of the lack of data by destination and origin of services for developing economies. Possible issues to discuss:
  • Availability of labor skills for services oriented GVCs and initiatives to reduce skilled labor shortages such as finishing schools 
  • Methodologies to measure, classify, and quantify the participation of firms and countries in services oriented GVCs
  • Contribution of services to the production and exports of natural resources and manufactures
  • Case studies on the participation of Latin American countries in services oriented GVCs, in particular business process outsourcing (BPO), information technology outsourcing (ITO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO).
  • The impact of double taxation on services exports and their role in GVCs
  • Case studies on business service export firms and their links to GVCs
  • Lessons for policy makers, businessmen and academics on the role of services in GVCs

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