Regional Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations
IPS Researchers, Dharshani Premaratne and Kithmina Hewage participated at a regional training workshop on “Enhancing Capacities for Trade in Services Policymaking and Negotiations” which was held in Colombo during 17-20 November 2015.
The aim of the workshop was to create awareness among stakeholders understanding on the collection and use of services trade statistics; institutional mechanisms for services-related decision-making; and improving competitiveness in the services sector. The four-day workshop was supported by the UK-funded Trade Advocacy Fund (TAF) and jointly delivered as an initiative of the International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty (ILEAP), CUTS International Geneva and the Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS), alongside IPS.
The participants at the intensive training workshop included services negotiators, policy-makers and other non-state actors from the private sector and civil society within the SAARC region – representing India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.