"Knowledge-based services for the diversification of production and trade"

 Organized by: ECLAC, UNCTAD, University of Chile, Konrad Adenhauer Stiftung (KAS) and REDLAS

University of Buenos Aires, 13-14 September 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The UNCTAD Global Services Forum is a bi-annual event that brings together high-level policy-makers, services regulators, heads of international organizations, CEOs and private sector representatives, coalitions/associations of services industries, renowned academics and other stakeholders to openly discuss strategies and approaches to strengthen the development impact of services. This year, REDLAS and UNCTAD will be together in one single eventAt the seventh REDLAS conference and the UNCTAD Global Services Forum the following topics will be discussed:

1) Determinants and competitive positioning in the service sectors

Main factors that explain the competitiveness in the services based on knowledge (SBC), considering human capital, infrastructure, cultural and idiomatic aspects, local companies vs. multinational companies, the role of public policies.

2) Latin America in global services value chains.

Insertion and escalation strategies followed by different countries in different sectors of SBC, global and regional value chains, chains linked to natural resources -agroindustry, energy and mining - keys to scale towards SBC of greater complexity.

3) Clusters of knowledge-based services.

Business associativity and development of technology parks in SBC sectors, agglomeration economies and the role of public policies.

4) Human capital in the service sectors.

Characteristics of human resources in SBC, strengths and weaknesses of human capital in the region for the development of SBC, differences between labor supply and demand, the role of universities and the technical education system.

5) Innovation in the service sectors: digital commerce and automation.

New trends in SBC, management and technological innovations to improve the competitiveness of these and other sectors, improvements tending to the commodification of goods. Electronic commerce as an engine for the export of services, the commerce of digital products, automation in services, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, the "Gig Economy" and its impacts on the labor market, regulation and fiscal treatment of OTT (over-the-top) services, international e-commerce negotiations and the digital regional market.

6) Public policies for the service sector.

Public policies for the development of SBC, programs aimed at strengthening competitiveness, insertion in global value chains, promotion of linkages with other activities, strengthening of clusters, development of human capital, promotion of innovation, infrastructure requirements, innovation social, financing support instruments, among others.

7) The impact of multilateral agreements and free trade agreements.

Characterize recent trends in the harmonization and elimination of trade regulations for services in subregional schemes, free trade agreements and plurilateral agreements. The following elements can be included:

  • Effects on the trade of SBC.
  • Impact of agreements on electronic commerce in the flows of digital goods and other services.
  • Other international agreements to favor trade in services (eg agreements to avoid double taxation, mutual recognition agreements for professional training, etc.).

8) Measurement and classification of trade in services.

Methodological proposals to improve the classification and measurement of trade in services, use of big data to measure trade in services, international cooperation on service statistics.

The topics listed are not unique and proposals of other topics linked to the general theme of the event may be accepted.

All the details can be found in:  https://englishredlas18.com/

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Authors: Brigada