The OECD has developed a regulatory database and policy simulation tools for services trade policy analysis covering 42 countries including the OECD members, its key partner countries, including India, and countries about to join the OECD. The database currently covers 22 services sectors, and is updated every year. Currently, information for all sectors is available for 2014 and seven sectors are covered for 2015. The database forms the basis for policy analysis and can be used by governments to identify and monitor reforms to domestic regulation.
The seminar will present the findings for India in a comparative perspective and seek inputs for possible enhancement.
Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås is a senior economist at the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the OECD where she is working on services trade policy analysis. During the past seven years she has led a long-term project on developing trade restrictiveness indices (STRIs) for 22 services sectors in 42 countries. Earlier work experience includes research work, policy analysis, managing the economics department at CMI (a development research institute in Norway), teaching and policy advice. Long-term assignments abroad include visiting scholar to Stanford University, USA and the Universities of Durban Westville and Western Cape in South Africa. She also managed a long term project providing technical assistance on macroeconomic modelling and policy analysis to the Tanzanian government. Ms Nordås has published extensively in academic journals, book chapters and OECD Trade Policy Papers on international trade in goods and services, development and economic growth.
- Opening remarks – British High Commission (5 minutes)
- Presentation by OECD team (45 minutes)
- Three discussants (7 minutes each)
- Open floor discussion
Questions for discussion
- How well does the STRI reflect the policy and regulatory framework in India and its main trading partners?
- Are there any missing aspects that should be included or anomalies that need to be resolved?
- Can it serve as a useful tool to identify relevant issues and structure policy debates? How?
- What are the main barriers to trade in services facing Indian exporters in OECD countries?
Please consult the OECD website http://oe.cd/stri for more information on the STRI, the country notes and sector notes.