April 27, 2016
The 17th negotiating round of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) took place from April 10 to 15. It was organised and chaired by Australia.
The objective of this round was to get closer to agreeing on text in Annexes on Telecoms, E-commerce, Localisation, Financial Services and the enhanced movement of persons.
In addition, the agenda provided for discussion of all Transport Annexes (maritime, air and road). Market access discussions were held bilaterally.
The participants report that, overall, good progress was made in working towards agreed text.
The next round is scheduled for May 26 to June 3, and a TiSA Ministerial meeting will take place on 1 June in Paris. Both events will be organised and chaired by the European Union.
The 23 World Trade Organization member economies currently participating in the negotiations are: Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Hong Kong (China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.