Mar09

March 9, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Yesterday CSI released its second blog post for "Services: Your New Best Friend". Check it out!

Mar03

March 3, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Yesterday the 2016 President's Trade Policy Agenda was released. Here are some quick facts and highlights:

  • Services industries account for 2/3rds of U.S. GDP, provide 8 out of 10 jobs, and thirty percent of U.S. exports
  • In 2013, 4.2 million U.S. jobs were supported by exports to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries
  • Enacting the TPP is a top priority for the Administration. The agreement provides services market access, free and open Internet, the free flow of data, transparency, and SOE disciplines. However, the agreement does not address forced localization requirements for financial services
  • The U.S. has nearly $1.1 trillion annual trade with the EU--the TTIP is an agreement which strives to strengthen this relationship and reduce barriers to exports for both parties
  • The agenda highlights the importance of achieving disciplines on data flows and investment in the TTIP but sets no timelines
  • It is noted that TiSA should be highly ambitious with disciplines on data flows, server localization and electronic payments. There is no mention of an accelerated negotiations
Mar01

March 1, 2016

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission released the U.S.-EU Privacy Shield text, an agreement which was established to provide companies with a "mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce."

Want the short version? You can also peruse over the Fact Sheet provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Feb24

February 24, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

CSI will welcome a new president on March 1st. We are excited to add Christine Bliss to the CSI family. We will miss Peter but wish him the best on his future adventures!

Feb12

February 12, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Today CSI updated its U.S. Services Export webpage to give you all the new, juicy numbers for 2014 services exports on a district, state, and national level.

Also, need something new and fun to read? CSI has entered the blogging world! Check out "Services: Your New Best Friend" as one of CSI's own explores services from a "ok...wait why is services important to me?" perspective.

Jan14

January 14, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Yesterday the President of CSI, Peter Allgeier, testified in front of the U.S. International Trade Commission for a hearing entitled "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors". You can view Peter's full testimony here.

Jan12

January 12, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Today 63 House representatives in the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Secretary Lew, Ambassador Froman, and Director Ziets to express their concern of the exclusion of financial services from the Electronic Commerce chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jan11

January 11, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Welcome to 2016!

In the beginning of the new year the TPP Coalition and the Trade Benefits America Coalition released statements voicing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP negotiations ended in fall 2015, and the U.S. Congress is currently reviewing the agreement.

Dec07

December 7, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today businesses worldwide released a joint statement urging WTO members to take action at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi this month. 25 business associations around the world called the WTO members to 1) "Speedily" ratify and implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 2) Conclude agreements on Informational Technology and Environmental Goods and 3) Finalize "low-hanging fruit" in the Doha Development Agenda and create time for reflection on the launch of negotiations on new issues.

Nov05

November 5, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Overnight the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the full Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text. You can find the full text on their TPP website.

Nov04

November 4, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Yesterday Peter Allgeier, President of CSI, testified in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on a hearing entitled "International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century". You can view his full written testimony here.

Ambassador Allgeier's speech highlighted the positive impact the services revolution and the digital revolution have in the United States and around the world.

Nov02

November 2, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

On October 30th a large group of associations from North America, Europe, and Asia, including CSI, sent a comment letter to the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) in response to their request for comments re: the Regulations on the Informatization of Insurance Institutions ("Draft Informatization Regulations") affecting insurance institutions operating and/or engaging in business with China.

The comment letter encourages CIRC to revise the Informatization Regulations "to enable all insurance institutions operating in or doing business with China, or considering entry into China's insurance market, to choose secure and reliable informatization solutions from vendors anywhere in the world."

Oct22

October 22, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today the Global Services Coalition, including CSI, released a statement on the heels of the Global Services Summit. The statement highlights the importance of moving forward on trade as 2015 comes to a close. You can read the full statement here.

Oct05

October 5, 2015

Today the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement was agreed upon by 12 countries, including the United States. CSI welcomes the conclusion of the agreement and commends the U.S. negotiating delegation under the leadership of Ambassador Michael Froman.

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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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