Recent Publications and Resources

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Competitiveness Strategy for Sri Lanka’s ICT Industry

Sri Lanka has a promising opportunity to compete in information and communications technology (ICT). International companies are seeking high-quality, cost-effective providers of ICT products and services and increasingly choose offshore providers. Sri Lankan firms have made a good start as offshore providers, but face brisk competition from far better positioned providers in other countries, such as India. But with a sound infrastructure and policy environment and the right mix of industry coordination and public support, Sri Lanka could gain a greater share of a market worth an estimated US$120-200 billion. This report presents a strategy for boosting the competitiveness of ...
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Partnering with Microsoft to Create Value in the Web Services Ecosystem

Partnering with Microsoft to Create Value in the Web Services Ecosystem, was released in July at Fusion 2001. It explains how the extensible markup language (XML) revolution is changing the information technology (IT) services ecosystem, describes the emerging ecosystem, analyzes the value of a partnership with Microsoft, and describes the advantages of partnering with Microsoft in the new ecosystem. The XML revolution is initiating a new virtuous cycle of innovation that offers new opportunities for Microsoft, its partners, and, most important, customers. The key findings of the study are Worldwide spending on IT services for horizontal solutions based on Microsoft ...
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Doha Development Agenda: Overview of Negotiations and Work Program

2001 The ministerial declaration issued at the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001 launched a new round of negotiations that will include services, agriculture, industrial tariffs, environmental issues, intellectual property, dispute settlement, and WTO rules. The declaration and work program emphasize the importance of providing technical and financial assistance to integrate developing and least developed countries into the multilateral trading system ...
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Overview of Developing Country Concerns

2001 Developing countries assert that developed countries have not fulfilled promises to provide them with the resources and technical assistance to help them create the domestic legal basis and policy structure for implementing commitments ...
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Services and the Views of Developing Countries

2001 Developing countries seek liberalization in many different services sectors but construction, maritime, and tourism appear to have the most support ...
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Special and Differential Treatment for Developing Countries

2001 Developing countries want future negotiations to ensure that the special and differential treatment provisions in WTO agreements are more specific and legally enforceable ...
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Textiles Trade and Developing Countries

2001 The system of import quotas that dominated textiles trade since the early 1960s is being phased out. Developing countries that rely on export of textiles and apparel are frustrated with delays in lifting of quotas ...
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Economic Impacts of Demand for Playing Interactive Entertainment Software

In this study for the Interactive Digital Software Association, Nathan Associates found that the demand for computer and video games in 2000 led to Employment for 219,600 people, Wages of $7.2 billion, Federal and state personal income tax revenues of $1.7 billion, and A $10.5 billion market for game software publishing, wholesaling, and retailing, as well as transporting, wholesaling, and retailing some game hardware. The study which examined the direct and indirect economic effects of demand, concluded that the computer and video game software publishing industry will continue to grow and have a positive effect on the U.S. economy. Copyright 2001 ...