WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Services Coalition
(CSC), an affiliate of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, is in
Washington, DC today to take part in the 2012 Global Services Summit.
"This summit marks a significant turning point for international trade
in services." said Michael Landry, Vice President Corporate Development, Manulife Financial and Chair of
the Canadian Services Coalition. "We are seeing a genuine interest in
an international services agreement and real opportunities to negotiate
greater market access and investment protection for Canadian services
companies. CSC's participation today further solidifies Canada's role
in these important discussions."
Services account for more than 70 percent of the Canada's gross domestic
product (GDP). The sector is responsible for about 90% of the new jobs
created. Moreover, the services sector represents the fastest growing
section of international trade and investment.
"Today's summit is especially timely in view of Canada's invitation to
join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations which offer
important opportunities for services trade and investment
liberalization for Canadian companies," said Perrin Beatty, President
and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Minister Fast's
participation sends a clear signal that the government recognises the
importance of the services sector to the Canadian economy," Beatty
The Canadian Services Coalition (CSC) provides a strong and cohesive
voice to Canadian services industries. The CSC advocates for the
removal of barriers to trade at the national, regional and
international level and for the implementation of a national strategy
to promote smart regulations that promote the growth of services.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between
business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and
decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families
across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and
boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all
sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are
available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
SOURCE: CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For further information:
Émilie S. Potvin
Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations
Office: 613.238.4000 (231)