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Published on April 13th, 2021 | by Newt Rayburn


Trade In Services Agreement (Tisa)

TiSA facilitates trade in services in the countries participating in the discussions, so that suppliers in one country can offer their services in another country. An example would be an Australian lawyer who advises a client in Canada. The EU says its trade agreements do not prevent any government from providing services in areas such as water, education, health and social services. [9] The EU has stated that companies outside its borders are not allowed to provide publicly funded health or social services. [9] The EU has made its position papers, offers and negotiating reports available online. [10] IT services are also being challenged by the provisions of the TSA, although the extent of the threat is not yet clear, as countries largely disagree on the wording of the relevant annex. The agreement generally aims to open up cross-border data flows and aims to address issues such as “forced localization and technology transfer,” net neutrality and data protection. Nothing we propose in the TiSA would affect a country`s right to regulate financial services, provided it treats foreign companies in the same way as local businesses. Any country could restrict trade to maintain the stability of its financial system or to protect consumers or investors. Since 1995, international trade in services has been governed by the WTO`s General Trade in Services Agreement (GATS). Although the stated objectives of the GATS are resolutely business-friendly – in order to force Member State governments to “gradually liberalise” trade in services – progress on some of the priorities of rich countries has been slow.

In response, groups such as the Coalition of Services Industries and the Global Services Coalition have called for progress in reflective services outside the WTO. The Global Services Coalition is aware of its objectives and says it sees TiSA as an opportunity to ensure “new market access opportunities for businesses” and to create “the new cornerstone of the rules governing trade in services in the 21st century.” But any EU country can allow companies from outside Europe to provide private healthcare. If this is the need, it remains free to regulate these services – for example by setting safety and quality standards that suppliers must meet. Countries that sign free trade agreements can maintain public monopolies and regulate public services, as they see fit. Service providers may face trade barriers abroad when faced with opaque licensing or licensing systems. The annex of the national regulation aims to promote clear and effective disciplines in national regulation to ensure the predictability and transparency of authorisation or authorisation procedures. Under this schedule, Canada intends to introduce an innovative provision to ensure that measures relating to licensing and qualification requirements and procedures are not gender-discriminatory. In order to promote mutual assistance between trade and the environment, paragraph 31 iii of the WTO Doha Declaration highlighted environmental goods and services for liberalisation. By adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, our leaders have strengthened their commitment to environmental protection, including sustainable consumption and production, sustainable management of their natural resources and urgent action to combat climate change.

About the Author

Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH. Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.

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