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Global Trade in Services to Increase by $2trn Over Next Five Years, According to New Report by Western Union and Oxford Economics – Rome News-Tribune

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 11, 2020–

Comparison of global services export forecasts (Graphic: Business Wire)

The report projects the value of international trade in services* rising from $6.1trn in 2019 to $8.0trn by 2025, equating to an increase of almost a third (31%) in the value of global flows over this period.

It is predicted this growth will be accelerated by the adoption of new technology and digitization of working practices forced by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – which, combined with a shift in attitudes to online interactions, is likely to fuel economic recovery and growth of cross-border trade in services in the coming five years.

Western Union Business Solutions and Oxford Economics’ central forecast scenario envisages a relatively strong economic recovery, but it is also possible that a more pessimistic scenario will unfold, characterized by a steeper near-term contraction and a more prolonged and
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