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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:51 (EST)
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Subject: Attend Services 2002: A Business-Government Dialogue on U.S. Trade Expansion Objectives

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01/16/2002

Attend Services 2002: A Business-Government Dialogue on U.S. Trade Expansion Objectives

The new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance, Douglas B. Baker would like to formally invite all Tinews subscribers to attend Services 2002. This year's conference will explore opportunities for increased market access offered by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiations of the World Trade Organization. In particular, the conference is meant to give U.S. service industries the opportunity to help shape the U.S. negotiating agenda through industry-specific roundtables and dialogue.

Below is the formal invitation letter from Douglas B. Baker, Deputy Assistant Secretary. If you are interested in attending, specific information and a registration form can be found on TInet:

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/conferences/02052002.html

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From the Desk of Douglas B. Baker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance

January 4, 2002

Dear Colleague:

As you may know, the discussions to expand the global trading system for services began in 2000. In anticipation of further discussions, on February 5, 2002, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries will host a conference, entitled SERVICES 2002: A Business-Government Dialogue on U.S. Trade Expansion Objectives. The conference will consider the issues critical to the success of U.S. service industries in world markets and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, WTO Director-General designate and former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand. We are pleased to invite your firm to participate.

The services industries play a dominant role throughout the U.S. economy, which translates into leadership in technology advancement and growth in skilled jobs. The liberalized trading system promoted through the WTO has directly benefitted U.S. services companies, which saw its exports reach a record $279 billion last year. It is critical that this growth continues into the 21st century.

Consequently, U.S. services providers and those employed in the services sector have a direct and considerable stake in an expanded General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The global foreign markets offer incredibly bright prospects for future export growth and for the creation of new jobs by U.S. companies providing services internationally.

During the conference, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss building the international services trade regime in GATS with senior government officials, and industry experts will share their wealth of experience in services trade.

Enclosed herewith, please find an announcement and registration form for the conference. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Service Industries at (202) 482-3575.

We look forward to seeing you at SERVICES 2002.

Very truly yours,

Douglas B. Baker
Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance

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To register for the Services 2002 Conference, please visit:

http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/conferences/02052002.html

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