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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

  • 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, particularly distressed counties, providing more balanced and inclusive means of new enterprise formation in counties which are not experiencing the same amount of expansion as in more prosperous regions. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

    Citibank CEO Mike Corbat recently offered insightful remarks at the Milken Instute 2018 Global Conference on global trade, protectionism, and exports in services. Click to watch video

  • 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

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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