The major objective of the Programme WTO/GATS and Economic Development: Key to "the new economy" is to produce new theoretical and empirical insights on how changes in technology and liberalisation of services (financial services, telecommunications and energy services) change production systems, investment- and trade patterns in the world economy. Empirical studies of the adoption of information technology in Ghana, several SADC countries, Russia and Norway have been undertaken. The theoretical part of the programme incorporates the economics of information and networks into trade and investment theory.