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Services in COMESA

An Industry Perspective: Integrating the Voice of Business in Policy

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This joint ITC–CBC paper provides a regional overview of services sectors and services trade for COMESA, drawing attention to opportunities for growth and regional integration – analyses data for four key services subsectors (travel, transport, communication and financial and insurance services), and provides Services Snapshots for each COMESA member. The paper maps business and professional services associations in COMESA services industries and identifies the major challenges faced by services stakeholders; examines the option of developing a COMESA Regional Services Industries Group (RSIG) as a positive step towards a coordinated platform for overcoming the growth challenges to provide a better business environment for services industries in the COMESA region.

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Foreword

The growth of the services industry provides opportunities for regional economic growth, employment and development. Backbone services such as telecommunications, transport and other infrastructure services are of critical importance to making trade happen, and shape the business environment and competitiveness of any economy.

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