Beijing, People's Republic of China

28 May 2013

Secretary-General's Message to the China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services and Global Services Forum

I am pleased to send greetings to the participants in the second China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) and the second Beijing edition of the Global Services Forum.  I thank the government of the People’s Republic of China and the Beijing Municipality for hosting.

The services sector is a major component of the global economy, contributing a growing share to gross domestic product, trade and employment.  At the same time a wide range of services – from health to energy – are indispensable to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Your input and ideas are most welcome as policymakers work on fashioning a post-2015 development framework, and explore issues related to challenges such as migration and development.

Let us work together to maximize the potential of services as an instrument for inclusive and sustainable development.  I trust that public awareness raised by the CIFTIS, and the deliberations at the Global Services Forum, will advance our shared goals and objectives. 

Thank you for your engagement.  Best wishes for a productive gathering.