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The main objective of the international meeting is to reduce the knowledge gap on services’ value added in exports to allow for development through evidence-based policymaking, as called for in sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly trade- and services-related policies. This will be pursued through the exchange of lessons learned and interactive discussions. To this end, experts on trade, industrial and services policies, from several countries, regional and international organizations, private sector and academia will participate in several “services talks”, public policy and expert panels.

The meeting will also share and discuss the results of UNCTAD’s work in Brazil, with funding from the European Union and in cooperation with the Government of Brazil, as useful lessons for developing countries. This work has included the measurement of services’ value-added in exports; the development of a guidebook for developing countries on the methodology to measure services’ value-added; and the analysis of trade and services policies to enable its potential.

To highlight how services are at your service, success stories will be presented by private sector representatives on how services value-added is contributing to strengthening agriculture and industrialization strategies and to enhancing the export capacity of all economic sectors. Experts on trade in value-added will address data-related policy and methodological issues. Furthermore, the policy analysis and discussions will take deep dives on information and communication technology (ICT) services and professional services to examine in which way these services play a key role in providing enabling value-added for overall productive and export capacity.


Services trade is growing more than goods trade, more resiliently, and more in developing countries. Still, the full importance of trade in services goes well beyond their direct exports, as there is substantial value-added of services incorporated in goods exports, from services intermediate inputs and from services bundled with goods. In developing countries, services value-added in exports more than doubled services direct exports and two-thirds of the growth of services value-added in exports is due to an increase in services embodied in all sectors. For a set of selected economies, with services activities within manufacturing firms, services’ contribution to overall exports was close to two-thirds.

Through these indirect roles, services can induce efficiency and effectiveness, reduction of productive and trade barriers, and contribute to more productivity, increased productive and export capacity and higher participation in global value chains. Services were responsible for two thirds of total productivity growth in developing countries. This highlights that services are not an alternative to agriculture or industrial development, but rather provide key means to complement and strengthen agriculture and industrialization strategies. A stronger services sector, namely through increased services value-added in all sectors, can be particularly relevant for gender equality and women's economic empowerment.

In spite of the importance of the services sector, many developing countries are yet to fully explore the development potential of services-led economic transformation and growth. The challenge of devising a coherent services and trade policy and regulatory framework is compounded by insufficient data on services’ value-added and information on how services value-added in exports is affected or enabled by current trade, industrial and services policies. This meeting will address this knowledge gap.


The international meeting will directly serve several stakeholders:

  • Policymakers as the meeting will detail trade, industrial and services-related policy options that build on services value-added as a key tool for economic and trade development;
  • Trade negotiators since the meeting will also cover trade-related policies and will particularly focus on the impact of services’ value-added in exports;
  • Academics and researchers, including from think tanks and non-governmental organizations, will also be able to draw insights from the methodology for measuring services’ value added in exports, and from the analyses of trade and services policies;
  • Private sector representatives because, with services’ value-added, firms may have better chances to take advantage from services inputs, increased efficiency, reduced costs, higher productivity, higher productive and export capacity, and facilitated participation in international trade and in value chains;
  • Micro, small and medium-sized enterprise representatives as they can benefit from achieving the full potential of services, including servicification and services’ value-added in exports;
  • Workers and workers’ associations, since evidence-based policies that take services sector’s indirect effects into consideration can enhance the employment effects;
  • Policymakers working on gender empowerment as they will better understand the positive effects of services sector on gender balance and female employment in several services sectors;
  • Public and private stakeholders of professional services as they will benefit from the special policy focus on their sector;
  • Public and private stakeholders of information and communication technology services since they will benefit from the special policy focus on their sector.


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Venue: Brasília, Brazil.


  • 22 October 2019, Tuesday, 09h-18h
  • 23 October 2019, Wednesday, 09h-13h

Simultaneous interpretation at the meeting will be provided in English and Portuguese.

This meeting is organized under the auspices of the project “Measurement of services value-added in exports and analysis of related services and trade policies” implemented by UNCTAD and funded by the European Union.

  • Ms. Yana Dumaresq Sobral Alves

    Ms. Yana Dumaresq Sobral Alves

    Ministry of Economy, Brazil Deputy Special Secretary, Special Secretariat of Foreign Trade and International Affairs
  • Mr. Bruno Antunes

    Mr. Bruno Antunes

    UNCTAD Economic Affairs Officer, Division on International Trade and Commodities
  • Dr. Jorge Arbache

    Dr. Jorge Arbache

    Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) Vice President for Private Sector
  • Ms. Karla Borges

    Ms. Karla Borges

    Borges Furlaneto Sociedade de Advogados (BLSA), Brazil Lawyer and Partner
  • Professor Carlos A. Primo Braga

    Professor Carlos A. Primo Braga

    Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil Associate Professor
  • Mr. Herlon Brandão

    Mr. Herlon Brandão

    Ministry of Economy, Brazil Undersecretary of Economic Analysis and Trade Statistics, Secretariat of Foreign Trade, Special Secretariat of Foreign Trade and International Affairs
  • Mr. Antonio Cabreira

    Mr. Antonio Cabreira

    Neltume, Chile Executive Director
  • Ms. Vanessa Carvalho

    Ms. Vanessa Carvalho

    Ministry of Economy, Brazil Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Dr. Lucian Cernat

    Dr. Lucian Cernat

    European Commission Chief Economist, Directorate General for Trade
  • Ms. Xiaolin Chai

    Ms. Xiaolin Chai

    World Trade Organization (WTO) Director, Trade in Services and Investment Division
  • Ms. Beatrice Chaytor

    Ms. Beatrice Chaytor

    African Union Commission Senior Expert Trade in Services, CFTA Support Unit, Trade and Industry Department
  • Mr. Graham Clarke

    Mr. Graham Clarke

    Barbados Coalition of Services Industries, Barbados Executive Director
  • Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton

    Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton

    UNCTAD Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities
  • Ms. Gabriella de Figueiredo Dorlhiac

    Ms. Gabriella de Figueiredo Dorlhiac

    International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Brasil Executive Director
  • Mr. Alvaro Espinoza

    Mr. Alvaro Espinoza

    Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) Deputy Secretary General
  • Mr. Niky Fabiancic

    Mr. Niky Fabiancic

    United Nations in Brazil Resident Coordinator
  • Dr. Marina Foltea

    Dr. Marina Foltea

    Trade Pacts, Switzerland Founder and Managing Director
  • Ms. Allyson Francis

    Ms. Allyson Francis

    Caribbean Export Development Agency, CARIFORUM Services Specialist
  • Ms. Romina Gayá

    Ms. Romina Gayá

    Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), IDB Trade in services consultant
  • Professor Enrique Gilles

    Professor Enrique Gilles

    Universidad EAN, Bogotá, Colombia Professor
  • Professor Eduardo Amaral Haddad

    Professor Eduardo Amaral Haddad

    UNCTAD Consultant
  • Mr. René A. Hernández

    Mr. René A. Hernández

    University of Alcalá and University of Chile Researcher and Lecturer
  • Mr. Roberto Hirayama

    Mr. Roberto Hirayama

    Regulatory Bureau – ANATEL, Brazil
  • Mr. Francisco Guillen Martin

    Mr. Francisco Guillen Martin

    INEGI, Mexico Deputy Director General of National Accounts
  • Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

    Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

    Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK Senior Research Fellow, International Economic Development Group
  • Mr. Alexander Mora

    Mr. Alexander Mora

    TecApro / Evicertia CenAm, Costa Rica Former Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Rafael Moreira

    Mr. Rafael Moreira

    SEBRAE Nacional, Brazil Technical Analyst, Competitiveness Unit
  • Amb. Norberto Moretti

    Amb. Norberto Moretti

    Foreign Affairs Ministry, Brazil Secretary for Commercial and Economic Foreign Policy
  • Mr. Nanno Mulder

    Mr. Nanno Mulder

    ECLAC Chief, International Trade Unit, International Trade and Integration Division
  • Mr. Igor Manhães Nazareth

    Mr. Igor Manhães Nazareth

    Ministry of Economy, Brazil Under-secretary for Innovation, Secretariat of Industry, Commerce, Services and Innovation Development, Special Secretariat for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness
  • Mr. Henrique Pereira

    Mr. Henrique Pereira

    WayCarbon, Brazil Chief Executive Officer
  • Professor Fernando Salgueiro Perobelli

    Professor Fernando Salgueiro Perobelli

    Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil Associate Professor
  • Dr. José Manuel Rueda-Cantuche

    Dr. José Manuel Rueda-Cantuche

    European Commission - Joint Research Centre Scientific Officer
  • Dr. Luiz Eduardo Salles

    Dr. Luiz Eduardo Salles

    UNCTAD Consultant
  • Dr. Mesut Saygili

    Dr. Mesut Saygili

    UNCTAD Associate Economic Affairs Officer, Division on International Trade and Commodities
  • Mr. José Tavares

    Mr. José Tavares

    Centre for Integration and Development Studies (CINDES) Director
  • Professor Vera Thorstensen

    Professor Vera Thorstensen

    Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil Professor and Head of the Center on Global Trade and Investments, School of Economics
  • Amb. Guillermo Valles

    Amb. Guillermo Valles

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay Special Advisor
  • Amb. Ignacio Ybáñez

    Amb. Ignacio Ybáñez

    European Union Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil

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