SUNS #4617 Wednesday 1 March 2000
south-north development monitor SUNS [Email Edition]
Trade: Third World still terra incognito on services data (Chakravarthi Raghavan)
Trade: Sri Lankan farmers fight back against cheap food imports (IPS, Colombo)
Mexico: Exploitative conditions worsen in 'maquiladoras' (IPS, Mexico City)
Trade: Future of inter-regional African trade uncertain (IPS, Yaounde)
Brazil: Capitalising on biodiversity (IPS, Rio de Janeiro)
Caribbean: Privy Council to rule on telecom monopoly (IPS, Kingston)
TRADE: THIRD WORLD STILL TERRA INCOGNITO ON SERVICES DATA
Geneva, 29 Feb (Chakravarthi Raghavan) -- If statistics are seen as providing a map to guide policy makers in their deliberations, much of the Third World is terra incognito as far as statistics about international trade in services are concerned, the United Nations Statistical Office told the Uruguay Round services negotiators in February 1990.
Ten years later, and six years into the World Trade Organization and its starting work on a new round of services negotiations on 25 February at a meeting of the Committee on Trade in Services (CTS), the Third World is still terra incognito.
When the UN statistical commission meets in New York Tuesday, it will receive an oral report on some progress towards finalising a manual for collection of data on services, that will take a broader view of the international trade in services than the IMF conventional balance-of-payments (BOP) perspective set out in the IMF's BOP manual.