(Our world is not for sale) What is the proposed TISA? At the beginning of 2012, about twenty members (counting the EU as one) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling themselves ‘The Really Good Friends of Services’ (RGF), launched secret unofficial talks towards drafting a treaty that would further liberalize trade and investment in services, and expand ‘regulatory disciplines’ on all services sectors, including many public services. The ‘disciplines’, or treaty rules, would provide foreign services providers free access to domestic markets at ‘no less favorable’ conditions than domestic suppliers and would restrict governments’ ability to regulate services.This would essentially change the regulation of many public and privatized or commercial services from serving the public interest to serving the profit interests of private, foreign corporations. Negotiations occurred throughout 2013, in conjunction with the meetings of the Council on Trade in Services in the WTO, with the aim of finalizing very ambitious agreement on far-reaching services liberalization and disciplining government. The Really Good Friends of Services currently include Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and the 28 member states of the European Union. They are also pushing for parallel negotiations on the liberalization of services in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) through the re-start of the Doha Round. 2014 in review

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