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Reform and Regional Integration of Professional Services in East Africa

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  • Nora Dihel
  • Ana Margarida Fernandes
  • Aaditya Mattoo
  • Nicholas Strychacz

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Professional services matter for development in East Africa. Business services, including professional services, are among the most dynamic services sectors; and are a key input for other sectors. Greater use of professional services by East African firms is associated with higher labor productivity. But there is a large gap between the potential contribution these services could make and the meager contribution they make today. National markets for professionals and professional services in East Africa remain underdeveloped, whereas regional markets are fragmented by restrictive policies and regulatory heterogeneity. An effective reform agenda will require policy action in four areas: education, regulation of professional services, trade policy, and labor mobility at both the national and international levels.
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  • Nora Dihel & Ana Margarida Fernandes & Aaditya Mattoo & Nicholas Strychacz, 2010. "Reform and Regional Integration of Professional Services in East Africa," World Bank Other Operational Studies 10158, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Urban Development - Urban Economics Banks and Banking Reform Housing and Human Habitats International Economics and Trade - Trade and Services Public Sector Corruption and Anticorruption Measures Communities and Human Settlements Finance and Financial Sector Development Public Sector Development;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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