Measuring services liberalisation through the APEC opening-up indicators

The pilot APEC Index covers regulatory information on services policies for six years between 2014 and 2019, integrating policy changes that have been introduced through new or amended laws each year. This makes the pilot APEC Index a unique instrument to monitor services reforms, identify trends and emerging issues, as well as inform ongoing policy discussions. It is also a source of regulatory transparency and up to date regulatory information for businesses.

Changes in the pilot APEC Index from one year to the next provide detailed insights on changes in the regulatory environment in services. The extent of reduction in the index values over time demonstrates progress that APEC economies have implemented in order to liberalise services trade.

The figure below shows the extent of services opening-up in the APEC economies covered by the pilot APEC Index.


Services opening-up among APEC economies

APEC opening-up indicators measuring the extent of decrease in the pilot APEC Index values between 2014 and 2019 (%)