The development of services sectors in least developed countries (LDCs) has the potential to strongly support the achievement of sustainable development objectives including by increasing the involvement of small firms and by enhancing female participation.
Services are increasingly a critical ingredient in the functioning of value chains and also a vital component for enhancing intra-African trade. Given the importance of services in not only stimulating economic growth but also in terms of their ability to help governments address domestic development priorities from structural transformation to gender equality, addressing supply-side barriers is of vital importance. This session will highlight the sustainable development dimensions of services; examine the most pressing supply-side constraints faced by service sector firms in LDCs; and highlight potential solutions including regulatory evolution, targeted Aid for Trade interventions, and new investment approaches.
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