A club of 23 governments are on a mission to create a 21 st century international agreement that will serve the interests of the world’s most powerful corporations for decades to come.
They call themselves The Really Good Friends of Services. They can more accurately be called the Really Good Friends of Services Corporations. Their vision for the future would remove barriers to the global expansion of services industries and enable them to operate seamlessly across the world.
As states acting under international law, the Really Good Friends propose to voluntarily restrict their own regulatory sovereignty and the right of future governments at central, regional and local levels to decide how to address their social, economic, gender, environmental, cultural and political challenges.
They would even forfeit the right to regulate as-yet-unknown services and technologies, irrespective of their impacts or when new crises emerge. The corporate beneficiaries, who call themselves Team TiSA, enjoy privileged access to the negotiators and, through them, the negotiations.
Team TiSA is dominated by technology giants such as Microsoft, IBM and Google, and global logistics and transport operators like DHL, Fedex, and UPS. The other tech giants are present through overlapping industry organisations. Under the guise of creating a ‘level playing field’, they want to ensure the new digitised models of logistics, transport and delivery, and the rapidly growing sphere of e-commerce are, as far as possible, a regulation-free zone.