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  • Growth in digital services trade in Asia and the Pacific has outpaced other regions for more than a decade.

  • To maximize gains from digital services trade, economies should equip workers with digital skills and knowledge, invest in information and communication technology infrastructure, and cultivate enabling environments through policy and regulatory reforms.

  • Allowing data to flow freely across borders and easing burdensome data localization requirements is important for realizing the development potential of digital services trade.

Unlocking the Potential of Digital Services Trade in Asia and the Pacific

This book explains how rapid digitalization during COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of digital services trade in Asia and the Pacific, and provides analysis on the opportunities, challenges, and associated risks.

Contents:

Cover, Front and Back Matter

  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Tables, Figures, and Boxes
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Editors
  • Authors
  • Abbreviations
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Chapter 1:
Introduction and Overview

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  • Background
  • Chapter Overviews
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Chapter 2:
TRENDS IN DIGITAL SERVICES TRADE IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

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  • Defining Digital Trade
  • Digital Trade In Services: What Can We Currently Measure?
  • Trends in Asia and the Pacific
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Chapter 3:
FACTORS AFFECTING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF DIGITAL SERVICES TRADE

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  • Introduction
  • Factors Affecting Digital Services Sector Competitiveness
  • Empirical Analysis
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
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Chapter 4:
SERVICES, DIGITALLY DELIVERED TRADE, AND GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS IN ASIA

  • Introduction and Motivation
  • Digitally Delivered Trade: Sectors, Linkages, and Policies
  • Results and Interpretation
  • Conclusion and Policy Implications
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Chapter 5:
DATA-RELATED RESTRICTIONS AND DIGITAL SERVICES TRADE: COMPARING ASIA WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD

  • Introduction
  • Data-Related Policies
  • Empirical Strategy
  • Results
  • Conclusion
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Chapter 6:
DIGITAL SERVICES TRADE AND TRADE AGREEMENTS

  • Regulation of Digital Services in the World Trade Organization
  • Regulation of Digital Services Trade: Three Models
  • Trade Agreements in Developing Asia
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Chapter 7:
DIGITAL TRADE AGREEMENTS AND SERVICES TRADE THE CASE OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA

  • Introduction
  • Recent Advances in Digital Trade Rules
  • Digital Trade Negotiations: The Case of the Republic of Korea
  • Conclusion
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Chapter 8:
ENSURING CYBERSECURITY FOR DIGITAL SERVICES TRADE

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  • Introduction
  • Cybersecurity as a Regulatory Concern
  • Regulatory Cooperation: The State of Play
  • Conclusion
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Chapter 9:
TRADE IN DIGITAL SERVICES AND INTERNATIONAL TAXATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPING ASIA

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  • Digital Services Tax Models in Asia and the Pacific
  • International Tax Reforms: Implications for Digital Services Trade
  • Policy Considerations for International Tax Reforms
  • Conclusion
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Chapter 10:
CONCLUSIONS AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

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