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    In Memoriam of Bob Vastine, Former CSI President and Services Champion

    It is with a heavy heart that we share that former CSI President, friend, and colleague, John Robert (“Bob”) Vastine Jr. passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018. For those who knew Bob, whether through his affiliation with CSI or his long-standing career on Capitol Hill, in government or the private sector, you knew Bob as a pioneer for our industries in the U.S. trade agenda.

    Bob served as CSI President from 1996 to 2012. During his tenure, Bob helped to build  CSI into the strong organization we know today. He established the annual CSI Global Services Summit, the Global Services Coalition as well as other services initiatives.  

    Separate from his work at CSI, Bob led a fascinating life; we are lucky that he documented his successes and adventures in his very own website (https://www.bobvastine.com/).

    Bob has impacted so many of our lives personally as well as the life of our professional association. We are all thankful for his contributions.

  • CSI recently traveled to Mexico City for the fifth round of NAFTA negotiations:


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    The "Jobs Across America"isan in-depth project which demonstrates how important services are in U.S. employment. The data reflects the latest available from the U.S. Census Bureau (2014).

What's New

  • February 21, 2018

    Negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have entered a critical stage where modernization of the agreement may come to a standstill and U.S. withdrawal looms. Continue reading...

  • February 21, 2018

    CSI Warns of Major Threats to U.S. Services and Digital Trade in the Event of a U.S. Withdrawal from NAFTA. Continue reading...

  • February 7, 2018

    The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) has published its 2018 agenda, Promoting American Competitiveness Through Services and Digitally Enabled Trade, outlining the organization’s annual priorities. The agenda emphasizes the importance of services and digitally enabled trade and investment in promoting all aspects of the U.S. economy, exemplified by U.S. services exports hitting a record high of $777.9 billion in 2017. To read our full statement click here.

The Service Economy

Services represents approximately 75% of US economic output and about 80% of US private sector employment. In 2010, US private services exports exceeded $526 billion, and had a services trade surplus of approximately $168 billion.

Services are essential inputs into the production of virtually all products.  The price and quality of services influence costs and productivity in all other sectors in an economy, including manufacturing and agriculture.  Thus, when liberalized and made more efficient, services have a strong effect in the competitiveness of an entire economy.  For more data and statistics on the service economy, click here. 

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OCTOBER 27, 2016

CATEGORIES // 2016 News Releases

Yesterday CSI, along with other associations, sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The letter emphasized the importance of the U.S. financial services sector, and how it benefits from the agreement.

You can view the letter here.

 

OCTOBER 25, 2016

CATEGORIES // 2016 News Releases

Late last week the Global Services Coalition released a statement urging TiSA Ministers to pass a high standard agreement as negotiations continue into the fall. You can read the entire statement here.

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CSI is the leading business organization dedicated to the development of U.S. domestic and international policies that enhance the global competitiveness of the U.S. service sector through bilateral, regional, multilateral, and other trade and investment initiatives. CSI is the leading business organization dedicated to the development of U.S. domestic and international policies that enhance the global competitiveness of the U.S. service sector through bilateral, regional, multilateral, and other trade and investment initiatives.

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