30 results about SERVICES


Services facilitation in regional trade agreements and opportunities for convergence

October 9, 2018

Services facilitation refers to the simplification, modernisation, and harmonisation of services regulations with a view to reducing transaction costs. It is a key component of the Facilitation... READ MORE


Facilitation 2.0: Services and Trade in the Digital Age

October 1, 2018

Although services facilitation is recent topic of discussion at the World Trade Organization, it is not novel in the context of regional trade agreements (RTAs), where provisions on increased trans... READ MORE


Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

April 20, 2018

The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global industrial and societal reorganisation, of which the digitisation of economic acti... READ MORE


Australia and Hong Kong begin free trade agreement talks

May 16, 2017

Australia and Hong Kong began talks to secure a free trade agreement, Australia's trade minister Steven Ciobo said on Tuesday, that he said would focus on securing increased access for service provide... READ MORE


Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All: The Case for Trade and for Policies to Facilitate Adjustment

April 10, 2017

In this study the authors argue that the benefits from opening trade are broad and deep. Trade liberalization has generated higher living standards through greater productivity, increased competiti... READ MORE


TiSA Ministerial Cancelled, Officials To Prepare for 2017

November 24, 2016

A planned ministerial meeting for countries involved in negotiating a plurilateral services trade agreement has been called off, sources confirmed, with negotiators and ambassadors to meet instead... READ MORE


Singapore, Australia Sign Updates to Trade Deal

October 20, 2016

Singaporean and Australian officials signed a series of updates to their existing trade deal last week, particularly in the area of services, following their latest review of the long-standing acco... READ MORE


Brexit: An Impossibly Complex Task for the UK’s New Trade Negotiators?

September 7, 2016

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) held a referendum on whether to unwind its relationship with the European Union (EU). The UK populace chose “Brexit.” It was a clear vote against the status q... READ MORE


Trade Minister Steve Ciobo to visit Jakarta to shore up free trade deal

July 31, 2016

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo will travel to Jakarta this week in his first trade-related overseas trip since the election, underscoring the emphasis Australia is placing on finalising the free trade agr... READ MORE


UK explores multi-billion pound free trade deal with China

July 24, 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond has begun discussions with China on an ambitious free trade deal which could see greater access for major Chinese banks and businesses to the UK economy. READ MORE


TTIP Negotiators Reiterate 2016 Goal, While Noting Market Access Gaps

July 21, 2016

US and EU officials reaffirmed last week that they still aim to clinch a bilateral trade and investment pact this year, while acknowledging that much work remains in areas such as market access fol... READ MORE


Making trade facilitation work in Africa: Lessons from the service delivery agenda

July 19, 2016

June 23 marked the UN Public Service Day, the official international day of recognition for the value and virtue of public service to the community and its role in the development process.



Running down that hill: A trade negotiator's anxiety

June 1, 2016

Life as a trade negotiator can be frustrating for many reasons. One of the main sources for this frustration is the contrast between the often glacial pace of multilateral trade negotiations, and t... READ MORE


In Uncertain Economic Climate, APEC Trade Ministers Eye Areas for Growth

May 25, 2016

Trade ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific economies meeting in Arequipa, Peru, last week called for progress in a... READ MORE


Approaching the CFTA services negotiations: Which way towards delivery by 2017?

May 19, 2016

The services sector is becoming a key driver of sustainable economic growth and structural transformation in African economies. The World Bank estimates that the sector accounts for 47 percent of g... READ MORE


EU-India could explore "less ambitious" FTA says top member of European Parliament

May 5, 2016

With the India-EU FTA negotiations deadlocked, a top European Parliament member has said the two sides could explore the option of a "less ambitious" trade pact and indicated that there could be a sep... READ MORE


China, S. Korea, Japan to hold talks on trilateral FTA in Seoul

April 4, 2016

China, South Korea and Japan will hold working-level talks on the trilateral free trade agreement (FTA) in Seoul this week, South Korea's trade ministry said on Monday. The 10th round of working-level... READ MORE


Australia shows flexibility in services in proposed free trade agreement with India

April 3, 2016

Australia has offered to be flexible in the area of services and customs procedures to get an early agreement on the proposed bilateral free trade pact with India. “Canberra has agreed to accommodate... READ MORE


Assessing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Volume 1: Market Access and Sectoral Issues

February 1, 2016

After five and a half years of negotiations, the Barack Obama administration concluded the most ambitious free trade deal of the postwar era on October 5, 2015. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... READ MORE


India, Australia miss free trade pact deadline

January 21, 2016

Despite missing the deadline set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott for December 31, 2015, negotiators are still hopeful that the India-Australia free trad... READ MORE


Bridges Daily Update #4 - As Clock Runs Down, WTO Nairobi Talks Kick Into Gear

December 17, 2015

Negotiations at the WTO’s ministerial meet have gained pace, sources say, with Thursday’s talks set to run through the night as members search for common ground that enables them to adv... READ MORE


ASEAN must 'tap shift to services sector'

December 12, 2015

To reap the full benefits of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), countries in the region must go beyond liberalising the goods trade and further open up the trade in services, experts said. READ MORE


TISA: Local leaders call for transparency and social standards in services

December 4, 2015

The European Committee of the Regions' plenary session adopted on 4th December an opinion on the local and regional perspective of the multilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which aims at lib... READ MORE


An Assessment of the Korea-China Free Trade Agreement

December 1, 2015

Of all the free trade agreements (FTAs) concluded by Korea with its major trading partners since the turn of the century, the Korea-China FTA may the largest in trade terms. it is, however, far fro... READ MORE


EU to use its Chairmanship of TISA Talks on Services

November 30, 2015

The EU is to use its chairmanship of the latest round of negotiations for an international agreement on trade in services (TiSA) to push for significant progress on key chapters. The 15th round of tal... READ MORE


TISA Talks Making Strong Progress, Officials Say

May 1, 2014

Participants of the plurilateral talks on liberalising services trade continue to make good progress, officials involved in the process confirmed yesterday, just a year after formal negotiations ki... READ MORE


Why do Countries enter into Preferential Agreements on Trade in Services?

April 1, 2014

This report examines the potential for negotiated regulatory convergence in Asian services markets. The results suggest that countries within Asia that are more remote from the rest of the world an... READ MORE


Developing the Service Sector as an Engine of Growth for Asia

October 1, 2013

This book analyzes the current state of the region's service sector, the salient barriers to service sector development, and the prospects for the sector to serve as an engine for inclusive gro... READ MORE


Services Regulation in the Caribbean: Summary Report

April 1, 2013

This report assesses the regulatory framework for trade and investment in five areas - horizontal measures, information and communications technologies, transport services, professional services, a... READ MORE


Regional Public Goods: From Theory to Practice

January 1, 2003

This book is based on a conference entitled "Regional Public Goods and Regional Development Assistance", held in Washington, D.C. on November 6-7, 2002. It examines how the IDB and the AD... READ MORE