Thoughts on Coalitions and the CNSC

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

“ICTSD welcomes the formation of the Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions (CNSC)! Well done, and congratulations are certainly in order to all those that have helped make this a reality. With the remarkable growth of the services sector globally, the timing for the launch of CNSC could not be better.

Such services coalitions are key to enhance informed and more effective participation of developing countries in services negotiations as they play a critical role in indentifying both offensive and defensive interests.

Given the rapidly transforming economic power and reach of the services sector, the CNSC will assist the Caribbean community in harnessing the many benefits, including higher levels of economic growth, employment opportunities, and sustainable development for its citizens.

Moreover, the competitiveness of an economy depends to an impressive degree on the availability and access of a high quality services infrastructure. At the same time, the availability and accessibility to such services enhances the standard and quality of life enjoyed by one’s respective citizens.

ICTSD wishes the CNSC much success.”

~ Ambassado Sergio Marchi, ICTSD

Ambassador Sergio MARCHI is Senior Fellow at International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and a teacher at Webster University and at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, in Geneva.

Ambassador Marchi also served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for 15 years as a federal Cabinet Minister with responsibility for three different portfolios; International Trade; Environment; and Citizenship and Immigration. He was subsequently appointed as the Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Office of the United Nations (UN) in Geneva. During his diplomatic mandate, Mr. Marchi was elected Chair of the WTO General Council; Chair of the WTO Council for Trade in Services; Chair of the Working Party on the Accession of Ukraine to the WTO; and co-Chair the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources. He was also a member of WIPO’s Policy Advisory Commission.

Global Links Network

The formation of the Caribbean Network of Services Coalition (CNSC) is certainly good news for the Caribbean.  It will result in a stronger voice for the national coalitions, facilitate the exchange of best practices, provide an effective communication mechanism and build the capacity of the three key stakeholder groups – service providers, business support organizations and governments. It is a model that should be replicated in other regions around the world.  The website and newsletter will be instrumental in making Caribbean trade in services more visible, more tangible, more actionable.

Congratulations to all who have contributed to CNSC.

~ Diane Girard, Global Links Network

Diane Girard is the founder and president of Global Links Network (GLN), a Canadian-based consulting and training firm specializing in global business facilitation, with specialization in trade in services.  The Global Links Team is comprised of international trade in services specialists with experience in over 50 countries and expertise in a wide range of areas including: the development of national strategies, capacity-building, trade-related technical assistance, training, coaching, sector and market development and technology-based competitiveness and trade solutions.

US Coalition of Service Industries

The Coalition of Service Industries welcomes the formation of the Caribbean Network of Services Coalitions (CNSC).  This is a very important, and timely initiative given the role that the service sector plays in driving economic growth in the Caribbean, and indeed, worldwide.

There is broad agreement that the service sector will be the source of most future growth and jobs in developed and developing countries alike.  By providing a channel through which service providers can identify and advocate for their priorities, the CNSC will play an important role in ensuring that the sector’s voice is heard and its interests are advanced in trade negotiations, regulatory dialogues, and other forums.  This in turn will support and enhance the region’s competitiveness.

CSI looks forward to working with the CNSC.