Services-Related Publications

The publications listed below are part of CSI's efforts to maintain an up-to-date resource library of services-related publications focusing on issues of interest to CSI and its members.  

Click here for the Coalition of Services Industries 2018 Agenda: “Promoting American Competitiveness Through Services and Digitally Enabled Trade.”

Click here for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) Insight, "Escalating Tariffs: Timeline and Potential Impact." (July 31, 2018)

Click here for the CRS Insight, "The WTO: US Participation at Risk?" (July 31, 2018)

Click here for the CRS Report, "US-China Trade." (July 30, 2018)

Click here for the Atlantic Council blog post, “Trade in Services Agreement: A Way Out of the Trade War?" (July 23, 2018)  Key points include:

  • A policy focused on trade in goods misses not only the largest sector of the U.S. economy but also the United States’ prowess in providing services internationally; proponents of trade should focus on trade in services, where there is much more to gain. 
  • The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which focuses on liberalizing trade in services, is a potential tool to drive of economic growth and stability, although TiSA negotiations.
  • TiSA negotiations involve twenty-three WTO members, including 12 of the G20 countries, which together account for more than 70 percent of the world’s trade in services. 
  • There have been twenty-one rounds of negotiations, the most recent one concluding in 2016.
  • If talks would restart, the agreement would likely contain four parts: 1) a core text building on key provisions of GATS and is horizontally applied to all parts of the agreement; 2) special commitments on market access; 3) specific sectoral regulatory annexes; and 4) institutional provisions that set rules for how TiSA would function, expand or be amended.
  • Proponents of TiSA tout TiSA’s potential in lowering service trade cost, promoting greater domestic competition, and leveling the playing field for service providers; international standardization in services would also promote better standards and best practices.
  • Finalizing TiSA will be an uphill battle in a policy and political climate that is currently less hospitable to the trade liberalization agenda, but reenergizing the talks would represent a way forward and could provide a creative way to help reframe hostilities in trade in goods, with the potential to improve global commerce at home and abroad. 

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.

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.

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

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

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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