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  • -Collecting Information from Private Sector: success stories, sectoral positions, feedback on proposed policies, incentives, legislationServing as a “voice”: Governments tend to respond well to organized lobbying – thereby ensuring that the government best serves the needs of its stakeholdersOrganizing and strengthening the services sector: Via the formation of new sectoral associations and offering support to existing associations, thereby creating new focal points and/or improving the capacity of those already established for further government dialogueRaise the profile of the services sector: encouraging a “services first” approach by government nationally, encouraging investors to invest and enhancing the credibility and competitiveness of the services sector, thereby increasing both investment and foreign exchange; A vehicle for aligning with other international coalitions in raising the profile of the domestic services sector internationally.
  • -Collecting Information from Private Sector: success stories, sectoral positions, feedback on proposed policies, incentives, legislationServing as a “voice”: Governments tend to respond well to organized lobbying – thereby ensuring that the government best serves the needs of its stakeholdersOrganizing and strengthening the services sector: Via the formation of new sectoral associations and offering support to existing associations, thereby creating new focal points and/or improving the capacity of those already established for further government dialogueRaise the profile of the services sector: encouraging a “services first” approach by government nationally, encouraging investors to invest and enhancing the credibility and competitiveness of the services sector, thereby increasing both investment and foreign exchange; A vehicle for aligning with other international coalitions in raising the profile of the domestic services sector internationally.
  • -Collecting Information from Private Sector: success stories, sectoral positions, feedback on proposed policies, incentives, legislationServing as a “voice”: Governments tend to respond well to organized lobbying – thereby ensuring that the government best serves the needs of its stakeholdersOrganizing and strengthening the services sector: Via the formation of new sectoral associations and offering support to existing associations, thereby creating new focal points and/or improving the capacity of those already established for further government dialogueRaise the profile of the services sector: encouraging a “services first” approach by government nationally, encouraging investors to invest and enhancing the credibility and competitiveness of the services sector, thereby increasing both investment and foreign exchange; A vehicle for aligning with other international coalitions in raising the profile of the domestic services sector internationally.
  • -Collecting Information from Private Sector: success stories, sectoral positions, feedback on proposed policies, incentives, legislationServing as a “voice”: Governments tend to respond well to organized lobbying – thereby ensuring that the government best serves the needs of its stakeholdersOrganizing and strengthening the services sector: Via the formation of new sectoral associations and offering support to existing associations, thereby creating new focal points and/or improving the capacity of those already established for further government dialogueRaise the profile of the services sector: encouraging a “services first” approach by government nationally, encouraging investors to invest and enhancing the credibility and competitiveness of the services sector, thereby increasing both investment and foreign exchange; A vehicle for aligning with other international coalitions in raising the profile of the domestic services sector internationally.
  • -Collecting Information from Private Sector: success stories, sectoral positions, feedback on proposed policies, incentives, legislationServing as a “voice”: Governments tend to respond well to organized lobbying – thereby ensuring that the government best serves the needs of its stakeholdersOrganizing and strengthening the services sector: Via the formation of new sectoral associations and offering support to existing associations, thereby creating new focal points and/or improving the capacity of those already established for further government dialogueRaise the profile of the services sector: encouraging a “services first” approach by government nationally, encouraging investors to invest and enhancing the credibility and competitiveness of the services sector, thereby increasing both investment and foreign exchange; A vehicle for aligning with other international coalitions in raising the profile of the domestic services sector internationally.
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    • 1. WORKSHOP ON TRADE IN SERVICESTHE ROLE OF A NATIONAL COALITION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERVICES SECTOR Michelle Hustler – helpdesk Business Services
    • 2. Services: The Growth Engine‘Services constitute two-thirds of the world economy and the fastestgrowing component of world trade. They are core drivers of economicgrowth, employment and development in every part of the world.’
    • 3. What are Coalitions?A service coalition is an organization of stakeholders related to the services sector who may have diverse sub-sectoral interests, but who share common industry-wide objectives – namely the development of the service industry.
    • 4. Caribbean Coalition Background 1997 – Caribbean Coalition idea FULLY OPERATIONAL: proposed at a CARICOM/UNDP Barbados Regional Workshop on Trade in Trinidad and Tobago Services Saint Lucia Coalition Jamaica 1999 – CEDA commissioned paper, Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Towards a Caribbean Coalition of Services Industries, by Henry Gill 2001 – COTED agrees to regional LAUNCHED: services sector development plan Belize which includes the establishment of Grenada Guyana National Coalitions St. Kitts and Nevis 2002 – Barbados Coalition of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Service Industries launched Suriname
    • 5. BCSI BackgroundCARICOM movement +Private Sector FTAA response +Declining agriculture and manufacturing sectors +Urgency to improve economic security +Need for value added jobs +Large, educated workforce +Increase foreign exchange earnings= Barbados Coalition of Service Industries A Perfect Storm
    • 6. CARICOM Objectives To provide the service providers with knowledge of export  To educate service providers on relevant opportunities; government policies that can assist or hinder the export of services; To organize trade missions to identify and exploit market opportunities;  To represent the interests of the services sector, including lobbying government and To encourage service providers to engage in developing promoting fair multi-lateral rules for trade in export programmes and promotional activities through services; collaboration locally, regionally, and internationally;  To promote the organization of non-organized service providers into associations; To promote the further development and competitiveness of the services sector;  To advise government on market conditions/trends with a view to implement/relax To ensure that the highest industry standards are met by policies to facilitate the growth of local practitioners; all service providers;  To encourage strategic alliances/partnerships with To educate the service providers on relevant aspects of regional and extra-regional counterparts; the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), Free  To ensure that factors such as Trade of the Americas (FTAA), the Economic Partnership population, GDP, size of country and educational Agreements(EPAs) of the EU-ACP, the World Trade resources are contemplated during the Organizations General Agreement on Trade in Services implementation of any trade agreement. (GATS) and any other trade agreements or developments that can affect trade in services;
    • 7. Why Coalitions?Coalitions and their Impact on Stakeholders:Governments•Collects information from private;•Disseminates information to private sector;•Serves as a ‘voice’ for the services;•Captures services data;•Plays a large role in organizing and strengthening the servicessector;•Encourages government to seek/adopt fair, multilateral rules fortrade in services – assists in the elaboration of informed tradepolicy decisions•Raises the profile of the services sector;•Serves as a vehicle for aligning with other international
    • 8. Why Coalitions?Coalitions and their Impact on Stakeholders:Negotiators•Offers a focal point for the collection and dissemination of information;•Offers a platform via which private sector positions and developmentalneeds regarding trade negotiations are more readily obtainable;•Serves as a partner in hosting informational forums for the privatesector regarding trade related issues;•Assists in the simplification of technical trade information to ensure abetter understanding at private sector level
    • 9. Why Coalitions? Coalitions and their Impact on Stakeholders:Service Associations•Assists in the establishment of new service associations and in the strengthening of existingassociations through administrative and developmental support;•Encourages and enables service associations to implement export-focused services andoffers training regarding the same;•Assists in the development of national sectoral strategies, involving the input from variousrelated service associations;•Lobbies on behalf of service associations or services sectors to governments or otherinternational agents;•Facilitates the establishment of Mutual Recognition Agreements or address related marketentry/access issues;•Establishes relationships and networks with other service associations across the region orinternationally;•Facilitates networking opportunities amongst association members;•Offers service associations the opportunity to raise public awareness on the roles of theassociation and the types of services being offered by its membership;•Encourages services associations to adopt high, international standards
    • 10. Why Coalitions? Coalitions and their Impact on Stakeholders:Private Sector Operators•Raises the awareness of trade in services issues to private sector operators anddraws to their attention information that will affect their competitiveness;•Simplifies technical trade material for its membership via web platforms,newsletters or through workshops and other forums;•Offers training and other support that will enhance the competitiveness of theprivate sector;•Provides export opportunities and elaborates export promotion activities such astrade missions;•Provides market information;•Assists in the formation of strategic alliances nationally and internationally;•Offers networking opportunities both nationally and internationally;•Assists its individual members in establishing credibility through alignment with thecoalition or via initiatives such as awards programmes
    • 11. Why Coalitions?Coalitions and their Impact on Stakeholders:PublicA coalition:•Raises the awareness of trade in services issues;•Raises the profile of the services sector and ensures that the valueand contribution of the services sector is well understood
    • 12. S‘In 2009, services accounted for 67% of GDP worldwide andcommercial services exports totalled $3.78 trillion, or 24.3% oftotal world exports.’
    • 13.  Barbados, May, 2007  Raise awareness of the Antigua, July, 2009 importance of the services sector at national/regional Barbados, December, 2010 level  Development of export promotion programme  Lobbying and Advocacy forhttp://c-nsc.org the development of the sector  Institutional strengthening for the services sector (associations and coalitions)
    • 14. Global Services Coalition andOthersInformal, private sector led, international forum: Australian Services Roundtable, Barbados Services Coalition, Canadian Services Coalition, European Services Forum, CSI (US), Hong Kong Coalition of Services Industries, Jamaican Coalition of Services Industries, Japan Services Network, NASSCOM, Taiwan Coalition of Services Industries, International Financial
    • 15. A Developed Services Sector is ExportingA developed services sector is informed, organized, supported,contributory, competitive and most of all, exporting efficiently andeffectively.
    • 16. SUMMARY EDUCATION or AWARENESS BUILDING – Raising the awareness of the importance of the services sector, educating the private sector and the governments on trade in services issues DEVELOPMENT - INSTITUTIONAL – Organizing the services sector through the establishment of service associations, strengthening existing associations to serve as meaningful focal points for the sector DEVELOPMENT – SECTORAL – Increasing the capacity of service providers to export through sector development initiatives, encouraging the adoption of the highest international standards DEVELOPMENT – PRIVATE SECTOR – Equipping service providers with the skills to increase their competitiveness nationally and internationally LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY – Representing the interests of the services sector, promoting a ‘services-first’ approach by governments, encouraging the adoption of fair multilateral rules for trade in services, contributing the negotiation processes, collection and dissemination of information EXPORT PROMOTION – Identifying export opportunities, organizing trade missions/shows, encouraging associations to adopt export-focused programmes,
    • 17. A Developed Services Sector is the Responsibility ofManyA national services coalition requires the support of many in thedevelopment of the services sector.
    • 18. Developing the Services Sector - Responsibilities Coalitions Professional Associations Government Private Sector Educational Institutions According to a 2007 International Labor Organization Lending Institutions report, more individuals are employed in the services sector than either agriculture or industry Other BSOs
    • 19. info@helpdeskcaribbean.co mWORKSHOP ON TRADE IN SERVICESTHE ROLE OF A NATIONAL COALITION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SERVICES SECTOR Michelle Hustler – helpdesk Business Services