January 18, 2019

Global Services Coalition Press Release Regarding Letter to WTO Ministers Urging Launch of Negotiations to Achieve High Standard E-Commerce Framework

The ten members of the Global Services Coalition (GSC), representing the services sectors in their respective economies, issued a letter today to WTO Ministers ahead of the World Economic Forum Meetings in Davos urging them, “to make the utmost effort to launch negotiations building on the WTO e-commerce discussions to date to make progress towards a high standard e-commerce framework by the time of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Astana.”

In their letter, the GSC commends Ministers of the 70 countries that signed the Joint Statement on E-Commerce at the Ministerial meetings in Buenos Aires in December 2017, and for their intensive exploratory discussions. The GSC letter also states that to remain relevant for challenges facing services industries in developed and developing countries alike, “multilateral rules must be expanded to encompass and promote digital trade, including areas such as cross-border data flows, prohibitions on data localization, a permanent moratorium on applying customs duties and other processes on electronic transmissions, non-discriminatory treatment of digital products, relevant services market access commitments in areas such as financial services, ICT and logistics, and trade facilitation.”


December 18, 2018

CSI Announces Election of Citi's Candi Wolff as Chair of the CSI Board

The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) announced today that Candi Wolff, Citi’s Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs, has been elected Chair of CSI’s Board of Directors.

"I look forward to working alongside CSI President Christine Bliss and her staff as they work tirelessly on our shared mission of promoting services liberalization,” said Wolff.  “We will continue to work with the Administration, Congress, and our global trading partners to ensure we maximize the commercial benefits of our current U.S. trade agreements and look forward to pursuing new opportunities for growth and investment. These trade deals are important opportunities for us to open new markets to U.S. services, one of the most competitive and underpinning sectors of the American economy."

CSI’s President Christine Bliss said, “We are thrilled to have the benefit of Candi’s leadership and experience and look forward to building on the strength and effectiveness achieved under Laura Lane’s leadership of the CSI Board of Directors.”

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November 30, 2018

CSI issues the following statement regarding the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

"CSI welcomes the signing of the USMCA, a trilateral agreement that contains a number of very positive elements, including strong telecom and digital trade chapters, and a new provision in the financial services chapter prohibiting data localization," said CSI President Christine Bliss.

"We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to resolve the remaining issues to push the agreement forward," said Bliss. "We also hope that there will be a swift resolution regarding Section 232 tariffs."

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October 3, 2018

CSI joins the 2018 WTO Public Forum to discuss the important role of digitally enabled services in the development of the agricultural sector.

The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) is attending the 2018 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum, moderating the panel, “Inclusive Growth in Agriculture: How Economies Get There Through Digitally Enabled Services.”

“Digitally enabled services have transformed every economy and sector throughout the world, including agriculture. While many have taken advantage of the opportunities this presents, both developed and developing countries face significant obstacles in fostering an environment for farmers and ranchers that enables innovation, productivity, and growth,” said CSI President Christine Bliss.

“We’ve come to the WTO this week to raise further awareness of how digital services and technology-enabled trade have transformed the global agricultural sector, and to discuss how governments can situate themselves through trade negotiations and policymaking to reap the benefits of innovation and growth. Having the WTO and its members as the backdrop for this discussion is particularly fitting as the WTO remains a critical institution in setting global rules and opening opportunities for trade.”

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October 2, 2018

Global Services Coalition (GSC) Delegation to the 2018 WTO Public Forum Press Release

The eleven Services Coalitions comprising the Global Services Coalition (GSC) have travelled to Geneva during WTO Public Forum week to highlight the vital importance of the WTO rules and dispute settlement to promoting the growth in trade and services. GSC members are urging WTO members to redouble their efforts to work together to find ways to create a re-energized 21st century multilateral trading system, especially by negotiating a high standard e-commerce agreement.

The economic force of services is being magnified by the advance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in which data flows have surpassed trade flows and digital technology and digitally enabled services are transforming all daily lives at work and at home. WTO members have the chance to build on the preparatory work done since the Buenos Aires Ministerial and to prepare for the launch of negotiations early next year to set 21st century rules to facilitate cross border data flows and prohibit forced data localization for all services sectors, provide for trade facilitation as well as other elements. GSC members urge WTO members to make every effort to support this objective.

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October 1, 2018

CSI issues the following statement regarding the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) updating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

"CSI is pleased that the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations have resulted in a trilateral agreement that includes Canada," said CSI President Christine Bliss.

"It is encouraging that the USMCA contains a number of very positive elements, including strong telecom and digital trade chapters, and a prohibition on data localization for financial services."

"We continue to review provisions of the text to determine its potential to further support the growth of services trade and investment within the North American Region."  

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August 28, 2018

CSI issues the following statement on the White House announcement of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

"CSI commends the United States and Mexico for their efforts to achieve an agreement on a package of elements to modernize NAFTA. We will review the substance of the agreement as more information becomes available. As negotiations move forward, it is imperative that NAFTA remain a trilateral agreement and that a NAFTA 2.0 reinforces and does not undermine the ways in which the agreement benefits U.S. services trade and investment.  NAFTA has produced tremendous growth in U.S. services trade and investment, resulting in $88 billion in services exports and a services trade surplus of $31.5 billion, supporting nearly 600,000 American jobs." 

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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...


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.


January 23, 2018

The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) will attend the sixth round of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Montreal to spotlight the benefits of the existing NAFTA framework and modernization proposals to U.S. services providers, as well as highlight the risks of NAFTA withdrawal. To read our full statement click here.


December 28, 2017

Today, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the initiation of negotiations on potential amendments and modifications to the United States - Korea Free Trade Agreement will be held on January 5, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The full statement from USTR is available here.


December 13, 2017

CSI applauds the United States and other World Trade Organization members for agreeing to launch exploratory discussions on negotiations on e-commerce and renewing the moratorium on e-commerce duties. Read our full statement on these important steps from the 11th Ministerial Conference here.


December 12, 2017

CSI is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the successful conclusion of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) financial services negotiations, agreed to in December 1997. Read our full statement on the occasion here

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