This multi-stakeholder dialogue will engage some of the region’s most influential policymakers and private sector actors and we believe that your participation and insights will help us generate an impactful discussion on the opportunities for service sector development and the achievement of sustainable development objectives.

The development of well-functioning and efficient services sectors is crucial to achieving structural transformation and sustainable and inclusive growth in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Low Income Countries (LICs). Services have a catalytic role on sustainable social and economic development and serve as a means of addressing poverty, upgrading welfare, transforming economies, and improving universal availability and access to basic amenities.

With the huge untapped potential to develop services trade in LDCs and LICs in such a way that will support and reinforce efforts to structurally transform economies and generate inclusive and sustained growth; increased awareness, better understanding and enhanced capacity among relevant policy actors and other stakeholders would go a long way towards creating and sustaining the conditions under which this potential can be realized.

This multi-stakeholder discussion, involving policymakers, experts, and private sector representatives,  is designed to arrive at a set of service sectors, deemed to hold the greatest potential for generating inclusive and sustained economic growth and structural transformation in the region, in order to understand the opportunities for supportive policy intervention.


To join the conversation online please use the hashtag #Services4Development

Johannesburg, South Africa
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016 - 10:15pm to Thursday, 5 May 2016 - 10:15pm