Trade in Digital Services in Asia and the Pacific: A Study of Six Selected Economies


About the Webinar

The webinar examines the status of digital services trade in six Asia-Pacific economies, namely, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, and the Philippines. The aim is to understand the key features of and trends in digital services trade in each of these countries; to identify the main drivers and challenges to such trade, including regulatory and other concerns confronting governments and businesses; to examine the role of the government in enabling such trade; and to assess the impact of digital services trade on these economies with regard to export earnings, employment, knowledge transfer, inclusive growth, skilling, and other relevant dimensions.

The webinar will identify commonalities and differences across these 6 countries in order to obtain key policy insights about the emerging opportunities and challenges in digital services trade, how governments can support it, and the regulatory and other practices for ensuring its growth and equitable distribution of associated benefits.

About the Speaker

Rupa Chanda is currently the Director of Trade, Investment, and Innovation at UNESCAP, Bangkok. She is on leave from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore where she has been a Professor of Economics for over 25 years. She has earlier worked as an Economist at the IMF and briefly served as Head, UNESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia in New Delhi. Prof. Chanda received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University and her B.A. from Harvard University. Her research interests include the WTO, trade in services, regional integration, and migration. She has undertaken research and professional assignments for international and Indian organizations and has published extensively in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, and reports. She was also a member of the WHO’s Review Committee on the functioning of the International Health Regulations (2015-16) and the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group, International Recruitment of Health Personnel (2019-20).


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Feb 02 2023


10:00 am - 11:00 am