PSI’s Global Trade in Services Forum, From GATS to TISA, held in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network, is the first ever global conference to provide a critical perspective on the TISA.
It will bring together leading global experts, trade unions from the public and private sector, civil society and government representatives from around the world to share information about the TISA. They will discuss the threats posed to public services, democracy and workers, and plan action to oppose its harmful elements.
Treating public services as commodities for trade creates a fundamental misconception of public services. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), currently being negotiated in secret and outside of World Trade Organization rules, is a deliberate attempt to privilege the profits of the richest corporations and countries in the world over those who have the greatest needs.
This global forum will feature expert presentations and strategic discussions on the history and geopolitics of the TISA, the corporate interests behind its negotiation, why the negotiations are being held in secret and the implications for privatisation of public services and governments’ ability to regulate in the public interest. It will examine the effects on sectors such as health and social services, energy, municipal, finance, education and telecommunications.
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