USTR Seeks Comments on Adding Paraguay, Liechtenstein to Service Agreement Talks
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative seeks public comments no later than Oct. 4 regarding the expansion of the Trade In Services Agreement negotiations to include Paraguay and Liechtenstein. In particular, comments are welcome in regard to the nature of any existing barriers to trade in services with these markets or issues affecting the supply of services to these markets through various modes of supply and technologies.
The U.S. announced its intent to enter into the TISA negotiations on Jan. 15, 2013. The original 20 TISA countries are Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey. USTR states that the TISA negotiations will be compatible with and build upon the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services because TISA partners are aiming for a high-standard agreement that may be brought under the auspices of the GATS in the future.