This project proposal is a part of Pacific Data Repository (PRDR) for SE4ALL project. Over an 18 months period in 2013-2014, this project aimed to further build the capacity of policymakers on utilizing South-South cooperation opportunities and developing country/subregion strategies to increase the affordability of sustainable energy options in Asia and the Pacific. In the Pacific, requests from Member States triggered a multi-stakeholder process facilitated by ESCAP that culminated in the Project Proposal on the PRDR for SE4ALL. The PRDR is a transnational, online energy database.
Although the share of Asia-Pacific as a whole in global exports and imports of commercial services rose to almost 30 per cent in 2012, trade in services is still relatively less important than exports of merchandise. Services entered multilateral trade rules through the negotiation of the Uruguay Round of GATT, and were supposed to be deepened and enhanced with the establishment of the World Trade Organization and the continued evolution of the General Agreement on Trade in Services.