Services trade is crucial for growth of labor productivity and total factor productivity. Regional integration is growing the size of markets for trade in services and regional trade in education services promises to be an increasingly critical component of achieving the post-2015 development goals. This paper frames the role of trade in education services to accelerate inclusive economic growth as labor markets become regionalized. African regional integration efforts, growth of trade in education services, and the benefits of these trends are summarized in context of the global shift to a services-based economy. Selected questions for discussion at the Organized Symposium in Milan are included in the conclusions of this pre-conference paper.


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