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The participating countries (in blue) in the TiSA negotiations. 
Photo: Torbjørn Vagstein, Norway MFA.The participating countries (in blue) in the TiSA negotiations. Photo: Torbjørn Vagstein, Norway MFA

The deadline for submitting revised offers in the negotiations on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), expired 6 May 2016.

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Photo: Statkraft.

Negotiations continued apace in Geneva as participants focused their discussion on which goods to be included in the final Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).

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From left: Mr. Martin Eyjólfsson, Ambassador, Iceland; Ms. Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liechtenstein; Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of Switzerland and Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland; Mr. Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines; and Ms. Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Norway . 
Photo: EFTA.

The member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Philippines signed a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on the 28th of April 2016. The new FTA will give Norwegian companies access to one of the fastest growing and most resilient economies in Asia with over 100 million consumers.

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Photo: Statkraft.

Negotiators convened in Geneva for the 12th round of talks on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) on 2–4 March. Negotiators focused on the draft text of the future agreement, while customs experts worked to ensure that the tariff elimination for environmental goods can be implemented by customs and industry.

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The first TiSA negotiating round of the year was held in Geneva 31 January - 5 February 2016. This round focused on the annexes related to movement of natural persons (“Mode 4”), financial services, electronic commerce, telecommunications and localization.

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Photo: MFA Norway.

‘In the coming years, the EEA and Norway Grants will primarily be used to promote innovation and growth in Europe through cooperation between Norway and the beneficiary countries,’ said Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Elisabeth Aspaker.

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Photo: Four Blair Services Pvt. Ltd. (Own work) (CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons).

The second round of the TiSA negotiations this year was held in Geneva from the 10th of April to the 15th of April 2016. The discussions picked up the main topics from the last negotiating round in February, but also included new talks on air, road, and maritime transport.

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Photo: Norway MFA/Hopland.

Norway’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ambassador Harald Neple, was 24 February 2016 elected as chairperson of the General Council, the highest decision-making body of the organization in Geneva.

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Photo: WTO/Flickr/CC BY.

On Friday 29 January 2016, Minister Brende met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, in Geneva. Minister Brende and the Director-General exchanged views on the way forward for the WTO, building on the Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December and the informal ministerial gathering in Davos 23 January.

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