Yeah. TTIP was just about merging two quite unmergable trading zones. But now here comes the
Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
It’s about „liberalising“ trade in service. It actually sounds like Shadowrun. It will liberalise and deregularize certain areas like financial markets. It is meant to privatice publicly owned services, like water or energy. What a great idea. If I wanted to be an international megacorps. You know who started it? No? The „Really Good Friends of Services“. You know where they negotiate? No? The australian embassy in Geneva. You know about the content? No? You will learn about the content 5 years (yes 5!) after TiSA is set in action.
But now some more qualified and more into it meanings and analysis:
Ska Keller: TiSA, das neue Abkommen zum Handel mit Dienstleistungen – kein Multilateralismus, keine Transparenz (obviously its german)
TiSA – a danger for transparency (authors note: it is really completly negotiated in secret)
TiSA – a danger for public goods (authors note: there is a white list, what area is protected, but new areas can not be added!)
TiSA – a danger to democracy
Lets read the statement of the EU, as one negotiator:
Like any other trade negotiations, the TiSA talks are not carried out in public and the documents are available to participants only.
The EU, however, has been keen to be as transparent as possible.
To keep it as transparent as possible. If there current effort for transparency is all they can do, than they failed massivly!
Hey. But for enforced transparency we have Wikileaks. It’s about the financial part. Lets hope there is more to be leaked.
But lets have a look at the other side. As a researcher I do not like to be one-sided. There is the The Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) and Team TiSA.
The TISA has the opportunity to address major and fundamental barriers to trade in services affecting the United States and the globe. Some barriers to services trade include limited movement of data across borders, unfair competition from state-owned enterprises, lack of transparency and need for due process of law, and forced local ownership and discrimination in obtaining business licenses and permits.
An international services agreement has the potential to create trading conditions that enable services industries to achieve their full potential. The TISA can be one of the most important economic contributions of this century-for the United States and the globe.
Team TiSA says:
The TiSA has the potential to tackle non-tariff barriers which hinder services businesses from trading across borders, including improving market access, ensuring the movement of data across borders, and guaranteeing national treatment rules, among many others. Reducing or eliminating non-tariff barriers is especially crucial for small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), who largely depend on digital trade to export their services and reach new customers. A study by a leading economist found that only 3 percent of services firms export, as compared to a quarter of manufacturers, largely because of foreign barriers. An estimated 3 million jobs could be created if U.S. services matched the export rate of manufacturers. TiSA, by addressing unfair barriers, can help make that happen.
All economies and businesses need efficient services to be competitive in today’s global economy, especially if they are to plug into the global supply chains that are the predominant phenomenon in international trade. The TiSA gives all businesses a chance to be successful in today’s global market and has the potential to create high standard trade rules which encompass the digital revolution and future innovations.
Tagesschau: Geheime Verhandlungen über TISA-AbkommenUnter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit (german)
Telepolis: TISA: Alles wird vermarktet (german)
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Dienstleistungsabkommen Tisa – Bundesregierung gibt sich ahnungslos
Techdirt: Meet TISA: Another Major Treaty Negotiated In Secret Alongside TPP And TTIP
PSI (global union federation of public sector trade unions): PSI denounces Trade in Services agreement and their TiSA site