Establishing Global Value Chains through the Liberalization of Trade in Services

Discussion Papers

No.515

by Hikari ISHIDO

March 2015

ABSTRACT

This paper addresses the importance of establishing global value chains through the liberalization of trade in services. A database has revealed rather disconnected policy arrangements across APEC members in terms of service trade liberalization. While the economic benefits arising from harmonized and liberalized policy across APEC members are widely recognized in the business sector, relevant policy coordination seems to be missing. With this in mind, APEC could work on establishing its own harmonized “service trade commitment table” that would be centered on simple foreign capital participation criteria. This would surely contribute to forming an APEC-wide global value chain.

Keywords: Global Value Chain, trade in services, connectivity
JEL classification:  F13, F15

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