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Beyond manufacturing : developing the service sector to drive growth in the PRC

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Title: Beyond manufacturing : developing the service sector to drive growth in the PRC
Authors: Wang, Wei
Estrada, Gemma
Conrad, Jurgen
Lee, Sang-Hyop
Park, Donghyun
LC Subject Headings: Service industries - China
Competition - Government policy - China
Issue Date: May 2016
Publisher: Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
Series/Report no.: AsiaPacific issues;no. 124
Abstract: As demand from global markets declines, slowing exports of manufactured goods from the People's Republic of China means the country must increasingly rely on domestic markets for growth. Unlike manufactured goods, services—those "intangible" products that include everything from transportation to scientific research to real estate services—are geared more toward domestic markets. Services, then, will be key to the rebalancing process. However, while the service sector has grown rapidly in the PRC, it continues to lag behind other countries at similar stages of development. In addition, the sector is dominated by traditional low-end types of services, rather than knowledge-intensive services. Heavy regulatory burdens, barriers to trade in services, and an unfavorable policy environment have been major obstacles to upgrading the sector and improving its competitiveness. Policy reform should focus on strengthening competition to raise productivity, with the goal of increasing not only the number of jobs and contribution to GDP, but also of positioning the service sector to compete internationally and spur export growth.
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Pages/Duration: 8 p.
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