Australian Services Roundtable President James Bond has been appointed to the Morrison Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Free Trade Agreements. In a release published by his office, Minister Simon Birmingham said “the MAC would form an important part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to enhancing transparency around FTA negotiations.” “This forum brings together a broad cross-section […]
Australia has achieved its most comprehensive deal on digital trade with the conclusion of negotiations on the Singapore-Australia DEA. The government has put down clear markers for other bilateral and regional trade negotiations, including with the EU; and taken a global leadership role, along with Singapore, in signalling vital directions for the WTO negotiations on […]
At a time some developing countries have questioned the value of maintaining duty-free treatment on e-commerce, a just-released study from a European think tank shows how the WTO e-commerce moratorium benefits developing countries. The study, undertaken by the Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and sponsored by the Global Services Coalition, analyzed what […]
ASR is a member of the Global Services Coalition, which has this week published comments on the reform of China’s foreign investment regime: The Global Services Coalition (GSC) represents the services sector in Coalition members’ respective economies, particularly in matters of international trade and investment. A large number of our members have businesses operating in […]
Media Release: 23 October 2018 The OECD Trade Committee in Paris today discussed Australia’s services competitiveness drawing on an OECD Secretariat study “Australian Services Trade in the Global Economy”. The OECD has found Australians benefit from a domestic regulatory environment that is more open, efficient and pro-competitive than many other countries. Australia’s domestic regulatory regime is more liberal than average […]
Media Release: October 17, 2018 The setting up of the multilateral system has been the cornerstone of the development of the world economy in the 20th and 21st centuries. The worldwide acceptance of the rule of law and the disciplines of the multilateral trading system has created a framework for countries to take commitments with […]
The Australian Services Roundtable (ASR) is proud to be representing Australian business views on reform of the multilateral rules-based trading system, through the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) initiative of an ICC-WTO Global Dialogue on Trade. The Global Dialogue on Trade, a digital platform launched on October 10 by ICC Secretary-General John W.H. Denton AO and […]
October 2, 2018 The eleven Services Coalitions comprising the Global Services Coalition (GSC) have traveled to Geneva during WTO Public Forum week to highlight the vital importance of the WTO rules and dispute settlement to promoting the growth in trade and services. GSC members are urging WTO members to redouble their efforts to work together […]
The meeting between Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, and Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, creates a historical step in the trade partnership between these two countries.
Asia Pacific Services Coalition: Urgent APEC action is needed to arrest the recent increase in services trade restrictions.