Friday, 19th August, 2016
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is interested in hearing from services exporters about barriers they are facing in overseas markets. The Government is currently negotiating a range of free trade agreements that offer opportunities to address regulatory restrictions on services exports. This includes the PACER plus agreement negotiations with the Pacific Island Forum countries, the Regional Closer Economic Partnership agreement encompassing many of the rapidly growing economies in the Asia region, including China and India, as well as the Trade in Services Agreement negotiations involving 50 countries around the globe including the United States and the European Union.
Trade agreements can help service exporters by removing barriers to supplying services online, removing investment and corporate form requirements for establishing offshore, facilitating visas and repatriation of profits, as well as increasing transparency of regulation.