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    On July 23, 2018, CSI's Vice President Shantell Isaac moderated the US-Asia Institute and Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) event, “The Importance of U.S.-China Financial Connectivity,” a conversation with Richard Nash, head of Global Government Relations at Paypal, sponsored by the U.S. China Working Group (Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Darin LaHood ).
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    On June 12, 2018, CSI President Christine Bliss provided remarks for and participated in a roundtable discussion facilitated by Nathan Associates on a USAID diagnostic tool designed with the goal of helping economies at all stages of development navigate the challenges of creating enabling environments for digital trade. CSI members, other trade associations, and other companies participated and provided valuable feedback into the tool and insights into private sector priorities in different sections, including services liberalization, ICT infrastructure, digital financial services, trade logistics, data privacy/consumer protection, cybersecurity, and SME preparedness.
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    On June 7, 2018, CSI President Christine Bliss participated in the WTO Business Dialogue convened by Director-General Azevedo in Geneva, Switzerland.  Director-General Azevedo, ICC Secretary General John Denton, WTO Ambassador Junichi Ihara of Japan, and ICC Chairman Sunil Mittal reported to WTO members on the results of the WTO Business Dialogue.  Bliss underscored the importance of the WTO and the multilateral trading system in promoting global growth of services and investment.

    Link to the WTO Website (Photos: WTO).
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    WIIT's 2018 Emerging Leader: CSI Vice President, Shantell Isaac

    Congratulations to CSI's own Vice President, Shantell Isaac, for being honored as the 2018 Emerging Leader by the Women in International Trade (WIIT)!  As a strong supporter of WIIT, CSI is thrilled that Shantell received this distinguished recognition, as a leader in CSI, and the services and trade community at large.

    Link to the WIIT website.

  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.

  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.

  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.
  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.





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    On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.

     
  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.
  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.
  • On April 24, 2018, CSI hosted an event on Capitol Hill, titled “Services in the Economy: Promoting U.S. Agriculture and Manufacturing.” Panel 1 offered key insights into how American farmers and ranchers use services to promote their productivity, from speakers including Walmart, Google, and Farmers for Free Trade.  Panel 2 speakers from Mastercard, Microsoft, and ITIF discussed the role of cloud computing in enabling manufacturers to thrive.
  • Sarah Thorn (Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Walmart), Behnaz Kibria (Senior Policy Counsel, Google), Angela Hofmann (Deputy Director, Farmers for Free Trade)
  • Christine Bliss (CSI President), Sahra English (Vice President, Global Public Policy, Mastercard), Stephen Ezell, (Director of Global Innovation Policy, ITIF), Stanton Burke (International Trade, Microsoft)

What's New

August 8, 2018

Politico Morning Trade reported on key services priorities that CSI is pushing on behalf of its members. CSI President Christine Bliss told the publication, "As the negotiations intensify and potentially move toward closure, we want to ensure that the remaining open issues in these areas are resolved in a positive, commercially meaningful way that builds on and does not undermine existing NAFTA framework, rules and market access in services, investment and procurement." Bliss’s push coincides with Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo’s return to Washington for additional NAFTA talks. CSI is working to ensure negotiators keep an eye on rules regarding cross-border services, financial services, telecommunications, investment, digital trade and customs modernization. Continue reading

June 21, 2018

According to the June 2018 report "Platform-Enabled Small Business Formation as a Counterweight Against Forces of Economic Concentration" from the eBay Public Policy Lab, online marketplaces like eBay Marketplace give small businesses and entrepreneurs access to national and global consumer markets outside of their local economies

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April 16, 2018

CSI, jointly with the Farmers for Free Trade (FFT), sent a letter to USTR Ambassador Lighthizer outlining our shared support of continuing the NAFTA negotiations and prioritizing services and agriculture in the overall Administration’s trade agenda.  Continue reading

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...

October 3, 2017

Earlier today, CSI President Christine Bliss was quoted in the Asia Pacific Services Coalition (APSC) statement on APEC action: "We encourage continued progress to develop principles on domestic regulation as an important ongoing part of APEC’s work on services." Read the statement in full here.

The Service Economy

The services sector is a bedrock of the U.S. economy.  Services account for about 75% of U.S. private sector jobs, $730.6 billion in U.S. exports, and nearly 80 percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).   Services, including digitally enabled services, are a part of an enable, every single sector of the U.S. economy.  Moreover, ICT services drive U.S. productivity overall.  Services allow all businesses to be more productive, reach more customers in more foreign markets, and ultimately, support a better livelihood through higher wages and greater opportunities.

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