Nov 24 2016: A ministerial meeting to discuss the Trade in Services Agreement planned for early December was cancelled after it became clear that a deal would not be reached in time considering Donald Trump’s election and ongoing EU concerns over data flows, market access and the regulation of new services.
Trade in Services - TISA
November 12, 2016: New analysis of leaked TiSA documents finds the deal would concentrate more power for multinational corporations, put a stranglehold on vital government regulation, undo the limited progress which has been made on regulating banks and finance conglomerates, and lead to an "Uberisation" of millions of workers' jobs.
Nov 6, 2016: Forty consumer, digital rights, fair trade and human rights organisations from around the world have sent a letter to TiSA negotiators expressing concerns about TiSA provisions affecting citizens’ personal data and privacy and the draft chapters on e-commerce, telecommunications and financial services.
October 22, 2016: WikiLeaks has released three chapters of the highly secretive Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), currently being negotiated among 50 different countries. The chapters reveal updated texts on financial services and privatisation, and show that demands are being made on developing countries to open up public services to foreign corporations.
26 September 2016
ABC Radio National's The Money takes an in-depth look at the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), featuring interviews with AFTINET, NZ academic Jane Kelsey, PSI and the Australian Trade Minister. Listen here.
20 September 2016
ActionAid Australia, the ACTU, public sector unions and the Per Capita think tank are holding a People’s Inquiry into the social impacts of privatisation of public services. This is being held in parallel to a Productivity Commission Inquiry, which is likely to recommend further privatisation.
15 August 2016
In light of fading TPP prospects, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo is now setting his sights on other trade deals.
He has changed his rhetoric on the TPP, telling the AFR, "We don't put all our eggs in one basket. The TPP isn't the be-all and end-all of free trade.”
Indonesia and TiSA now top priorities
Media Release, May 26, 2016: Wikileaks has released the most updated draft texts on the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)[i]on three new annexes: State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs); Professional Services, and New Provisions Applicable to All Services.
The TISA is currently being negotiated among 50 mostly industrialised and service-exporting countries including Australia, the US, 23 EU countries, Japan and Korea.