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Risks of the Trade in Services Agreement

14 October 2013
Group of speakers at at PSI workshop
Public Services International hosted a workshop at the annual forum of the World Trade Organization, on 2 October 2013, in Geneva Switzerland. The focus of the workshop was to explain to ambassadors and trade negotiators from around the world why the proposed Trade in Services Agreement, being negotiated in secret and outside of the WTO framework, will hurt quality public services, workers, our communities, and governments.

This year’s WTO forum focuses on the links between trade, innovation and the digital economy. But this assumes that all so-called innovation is good. The recent unregulated proliferation of innovation and global trade in the financial services markets was one of the main causes of the global financial crisis.

Please find below the list of speakers at this event. By clicking on the hyperlinks you can access the videos of each person's speech, and PDFs of the presentations made at the meeting.

  • Scott Sinclair, Senior Research Fellow, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - video
    On risks to public services and the issues with limiting sovereign policy space - PDF
  • Penny Clarke, Head of EU Policy, EPSU - video
    On liberalising health care – the European experience - PDF
  • Wamkele Keabetswe Mene, Counsellor: Economic, South African Permanent Mission to WTO - video
    On the impact of a global services agreement on developing countries
  • Geert Decock, Policy Officer, Food & Water Europe - video
    On services agreements and environmental protections – the case of fracking - PDF
  • Celeste Drake, Trade and Globalisation Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO - video
    On Mode 4 and transport
  • Sanya Reid Smith, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network - video
    On trade impacts on financial regulatory and capital controls - PDF
  • Antoni Verger, Professor of Sociology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (on behalf of Education International)
    On how trade agreements affect education quality - PDF
  • Daniel Bertossa, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, Public Services International

See the photos of this event on PSI's Flickr page.

Download the flyer for the PSI workshop.

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