May 2015: This year, the CSC was happy to work with the Munk School Master of Global Affairs (MGA) on their Capstone program. Capstone projects allow MGA students to research relevant international policies for real clients. Students work together in a team, across geographies, to provide a client with value-added analysis and innovative solutions. This year the students focused on the operations of Canadian services firms in Asia. The CSC was delighted with their choice of research and hopes that this report will help provide a better picture of Canadian firms in Asia. The report ,was written by students in the second year of the program under the supervision of Munk School Senior Fellow Deanna Horton, and with guidance from the CSC.
April 14, 2015: The Canadian Services Coalition once again represented Canadian interests in the Global Services Coalition mission to Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate strong industry support for the current negotiations on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). A successful conclusion of the TiSA negotiations would capture a significant portion of the global services market. Current participants represent a combined GDP of more than $50 trillion. In light of the critical importance of these negotiations, members of the Global Services Coalition released a joint statement calling for uniform commitments during the negotiations.
October 3, 2014: The Canadian Services Coalition was delighted to host Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director of the European Service Forum for a series of meetings on the Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This ground breaking agreement is Canada’s most ambitious trade agreement and will provide new market access for Canadian companies. The services sector in particular is expected to see marked gains thanks to this agreement. Some of the expected benefits from the CETA include increase transparency in the EU services market, a reduction in the barriers to temporary entry, more openness for investment and increased market access for Canadians.
September/October 2014: From September 29-October 1, the Canadian Services Coalition was delighted to participate in the annual Global Services Summit in Washington, D.C. This event draws together senior trade specialists from across the globe to discuss emerging issues affecting international trade in services. While in Washington, representatives of the CSC participated in a series of Global Services Coalition meetings which highlighted the importance of cross border data flows, regulatory coherence, the movement of business persons and disciplines for SOEs. The joint Global Services Coalition TiSA position paper outlines common interests in these areas and can be accessed here.
July 2014: This month the Least Developed Country (LDC) Group at the WTO submitted a request for the preferential treatment they’d like to receive for their services and services suppliers. One of the major outcomes of last year’s Bali Package was the agreement to promote the rapid adoption of the LDC waiver (which originated at the 2011 WTO Ministerial in Geneva). Under the Bali package, this submission will trigger a six-month period for the Council for Trade in Services (CTS) to convene a “high-level meeting.” A copy of the LDC collective request can be found here.
- April 2014: A special Global Services Coalition mission is in Geneva as the latest Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiating round takes place on 28 April-2 May 2014. Its delegates, representing the Coalition's diverse membership, are present to voice their strong support for the efforts of the TiSA participants - now nearly a third of the WTO membership - towards an ambitious agreement, and to share views with TiSA negotiators. Global services trade (excluding intra-EU trade) reached over $3.35 Trillion in 2012, 68.7% of which came from markets represented in the TiSA negotiations.
The Global Services Coalition (GSC) brings together a broad range of representative bodies speaking for the services sector in their countries. It applauds the ambition shown in the TiSA negotiations up to now. It is vital for business that the negotiations should continue to focus on an ambitious agreement. The timetable should aim at completion of negotiations by 2015 - a schedule that is challenging but, the GSC suggests, achievable. This will require continued determination to tackle the difficult issues early, so that the most exacting questions facing negotiators do not get left too late. Among such questions are "21st century issues" including cross border data flows, regulatory transparency and coherence, movement of business persons, global value chains, and rules for state-owned and state-sponsored enterprises that compete in commercial markets. Not all of these have been tackled previously. Services businesses worldwide look to the TiSA negotiations to break fresh ground by achieving new disciplines and new market access commitments beyond current levels of openness.
The Global Services Coalition reiterates that the TiSA participants should keep before them the goal of attracting new partners in the negotiations and offering a means for extending TiSA's provisions to all WTO members. We welcome and encourage wider participation by other countries ready to abide by, build on, and contribute to the TiSA negotiations, matching the levels of commitment to market openness demonstrated by existing participants. China's interest in joining is significant in this regard.
The global services industry reiterates its commitment to contributing to the TiSA negotiations, as advocate, supporter and trusted adviser. As before, the Global Services Coalition regards it as vital that the industry is given access to proposals and negotiating text, to ensure that the final agreement achieves the maximum for global economic growth.
The Global Services Coalition looks forward to working closely with TiSA negotiators over the coming week.
- April 2014: The Canadian Services Coalition is proud to be representing Canada this week at the Global Services Coalition mission to Geneva. This purpose of this mission is to show strong, unified support for an ambitious agreement on the international trade in services. These negotiations have the potential to liberalize 70 percent of the world's trade in services and are widely welcomed by the international business community.
Photo: CSC Chair, Chris Donnelly at the World Trade Organization
- March 2014: The Canadian Services Coalition welcomes the announcement of a Canada-Korea free trade agreement. This historic agreement, the first between Canada and an Asian country, will provide Canadian services companies with increased access to the $1.1 Trillion Korean market.
There are many benefits to concluding an agreement with Korea including protection for investors and easier temporary entry for business persons. Trade agreements are an important priority for Canada's services industries which include financial services, engineering and environmental services, professional and consulting services and information technology services.
International trade in services is experiencing significant and sustained growth. New trade agreements build on this momentum and pave the way for additional growth and new market access. Canadian services companies welcome this agreement as it will be of significant benefit to Canada.
More on this agreement can be found here.
January 2014: The Canadian Services Coalition Welcomes Progress on the Canada-Korea FTA
The Canadian Services Coalition welcomes Canada’s re-engagement in free trade negotiations with Korea. These negotiations are important for Canadian services industries for a number of reasons including leveling the playing field with the US, the EU and Australia and gaining an important gateway to Asia.
It is very important that the Canadian government negotiate an agreement that provides, at minimum, equivalent access gained through KORUS and KOREU in priority services sectors such as financial services, engineering, professional services, IT, consulting, architecture plus temporary entry for business persons.
The Canadian Services Coalition has been actively encouraging the Canadian government to work through the outstanding issues so that Canadian services companies are no longer at a strategic disadvantage in the $1.1T Korean market.
- October 2013: The CSC hosted its annual lobby day in Ottawa, Ontario. Meetings were held with senior representatives from Industry Canada, Finance Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
- October 2013: The CSC organized a special mission to Washington D.C. The purpose of this mission was to participate in the Global Services Summit and to meet with senior government officials in Washington.
- March 2013: The CSC organized a special delegation to Geneva to support the TISA negotiations and to meet with other members of the Global Services Network.
- December 2012: The CSC, in partnership with Bennett Jones, hosted a special roundtable discussion with special guests Peter Allgeier, President of the Coalition of Services Industries and former U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Matthew Kronby, former head of the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau.
- September 2012: The CSC ran a special mission to Washington D.C. The purpose of this mission was to participate in the Global Services Summit and to meet with representatives from USTR, the Coalition of Services Industries and Minister Fast.
- April 2012: The CSC organized a special fly-in to Washington D.C. to meet with Canadian government officials, senior representatives from USTR and the Coalition of Services Industries.
- February 2012: The CSC was happy to host Assistance Minister Qiu Hong from China’s Ministry of Commerce on February 22, 2012.