Business associations worldwide, including the Australian Services Roundtable, have released a Global Statement urging WTO members to support continuation of the Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions at the WTO’s Thirteenth Ministerial Conference. Read the full media release here.
The European Services Forum (ESF) and the Australian Services Roundtable (ASR) have released a joint call urging the political decision-makers of the European Union (EU) and Australia to bring the comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations to a rapid final conclusion. To read the full media release, click here.
Passage of the Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle (CCIV) Framework and Other Measures Bill 2021 The Australian Services Roundtable (ASR) commends the Government on the passage yesterday of the Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle Framework and Other Measures Bill 2021, and thanks the Opposition for providing bipartisan support for this important reform. For the full Media Release, […]
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 […]