Colegio de Mexico, 13 and 14 March, 2014.
The predominant role of the service sector in Latin America and the Caribbean is evidenced by its large weight in the economy and employment (more than 50%), along with a growing share in international trade, especially when the latter is measured in terms of value added.
Services are often considered low-productivity activities, particularly in relation to the manufacturing. This perception largely stems from the heterogeneity of services, lack of awareness of quality improvements, along with its own characteristics. However, in recent years various types of services have shown to be the major source of productivity growth in developed countries. In Latin America and the Caribbean, there is still little knowledge about the evolution and performance of the services sector and its main determinants.
In this context, ECLAC, Colegio de Mexico, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and REDLAS have convened this conference that will focus on the economic performance of services in the region. It will address three crucial determinants associated with its productivity: internationalization, innovation and employment. Distinguished keynote speakers will be invited to the conference, including top academics in this field. Also, a selection of conceptual, methodological and empirical papers, to be proposed before October 1st, 2013, will be presented at the conference.
The conference also includes some high policy-level roundtables convened by the organizing institutions. These roundtables will focus on public policy priorities and best practices to increase the contribution of services to economic development in Latin American countries.
The targeted audience of this conference is academics, public policy makers, private sector representatives interested in the development of services as an engine of productivity growth in the region.