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    Clips from the CSI 2018 Global Services Summit are now available on CSI's Youtube Channel, ServicesTrade.   
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    CSI thanks all the Summit participants (including senior trade officials, policy makers, journalists, and business leaders from around the world) for contributing to dynamic discussions and panels around the theme of "21st Century Rules Based Trade" and for making the event on October 17th at the Reagan International World Trade Center a success. 

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    CSI wants to especially thank Kevin Hassett, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Gil Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; and Kim Darroch, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S (pictured above). We also want to thank the CSI member companies and associations, our counterpart member associations of the Global Services Coalition and the Asia-Pacific Services Coalition, and our colleagues in other U.S. business associations for their sponsorship of and support for the Summit. Also special thanks to CSI's Chair Laura Lane of UPS and her staff for their leadership and support.
     





     

  • Panelists and moderator for the off-the-record afternoon panel on how Congress is meeting the challenge of ensuring trade rules promote growth of digitally enabled services and emerging technologies.

     AIG was sponsor of this year's lunch.


    The U.S.-China Trade Panel, moderated by Claire Reade, provided the historical context for U.S.-China trade and offered views on a way forward for bothe sides.

    Deborah Stalker of Chubb presented the blockhain and outlined how financial services firms can use blockchain technology to increase efficiency via an innovative approach.

     
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    (September 14, 2018) The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) is proud to release the 2018 Jobs Across America survey of services jobs and the U.S. economy. Services fuel America’s economic growth and jobs, generating more than 77.1 percent of employment in the United States and 64 percent of GDP.  Services are a major component of the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, and they boost the competitiveness of those sectors. CSI has compiled key statistics and compiled them into easy-to-use findings on services-related jobs at the national, state, and congressional district levels. Please visit the Jobs Across America website.
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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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    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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    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.
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  • 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

October 26, 2018

Citibank recently collaborated with The Atlantic on an article/podcast that describes the importance of trade in services to the economy at home and globally. The integration of physical and digital technologies are revolutionizing industrial products, which can be seen in the hybrid nature of manufactured goods, which are often bundled with services.  The article can be found on The Atlantic’s website. The podcast can be found here at this link.

October 23, 2018

CSI President Christine Bliss spoke as the special guest on the Trade Guys podcast episode, "Services, you can't trade without 'em," at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS). She and CSI trade experts Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch took a deep dive into how a strong services sector not only sets the foundation for trade in goods, but actually adds value to nearly every part of the U.S. economy. The podcast was hosted by H. Andrew Schwartz, and produced by Yumi Araki, Jack Caporal, and Frances Burkham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. The podcast is posted on the CSIS Trade Guys website.

September 14, 2018

Citibank supports the fair and free flow of trade of goods and services worldwide and dialogue that furthers those ends for the benefit of people and society at large. Read "Why Trade is Evolving, Not Going Away," by Francisco Aristeguieta, CEO of Asia Pacific at Citi. This article originally appeared as part of the 2018 Milken Institute Asia Summit.  Continue reading

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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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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