Advancing Sustainable Development Through Services Regulation

Date period
3 May 2017

Appropriate service sector regulatory change has the potential to boost the competitiveness of SMEs, facilitate increased levels of female participation across all sectors of the economy, and buttress economic inclusion. This paper lays out the legitimate reasons for regulatory intervention in services sectors; examines the ways in which appropriate services regulation can facilitate the achievement of sustainable development objectives; discusses the interface between domestic regulation and services trade; and provides examples of the impact of competitiveness-enhancing regulatory frameworks. It concludes with a set of principles and tools that can be used to evaluate the impact of services regulations.