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About

The Antigua and Barbuda Coalition of Service Industries (ABCSI) is a private sector driven, trade in services organization launched in February 2011 by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The organization is a public-private partnership with the primary aim of developing the services sector. This is facilitated by advancing trade opportunities in the services industry; identifying and promoting market intelligence and technological innovation. The Coalition will also facilitate adoption of international services standards to enhance international competitiveness. While the services sector in Antigua and Barbuda accounts for 90 % of the GDP, there is still significant untapped potential. Most of the service providers are micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME’s) with inherent potential for growth. The strategic objectives of ABCSI, therefore, is to provide support services for its member associations by identifying and building competitive strengths, and publicizing those strengths to propel the growth of these businesses towards expanding into international markets . We encourage association building and membership associations to strengthen the credibility of service providers as it relates to national capabilities. Our organization maintains that we create focal points to ensure that the needs of the services subsectors are easily communicated to government.

ABCSI Service Offerings will include:

Mission & Objectives

Mission

  1. Raising awareness on services and trade in services issues;
  2. Advocacy for enabling trade in services policies;
  3. Sector development and cluster strategies;
  4. Networking;
  5. Facilitate the implementation and adoption of services standards

To promote the global competitiveness of Antigua and Barbuda’s Services Sector by enhancing the capacity of service provides to increase access markets regionally and internationally.

Objectives

  • To serve as a focal point for the services sector in Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Provide assistance to service based associations to improve their institutional capabilities;
  • To provide training programmes in order to assist our membership in attaining the requisite international quality standards;
  • To facilitate participation of members in a variety of regional/international initiatives geared towards enhancing the quality of human capital available to the sector;
  • To lobby for legislative changes that positively impact the regulatory framework governing the sector;
  • To forge strategic alliances with relevant public/private sector entities to address issues such as related to professional services;
  • To function as a lobbying institution in order to provide the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, CARICOM and regional trade negotiators with general and sectoral positions as it relates to trade in services;
  • To provide service providers operating within Antigua and Barbuda with knowledge of export opportunities and to encourage them to through collaboration locally, regionally, and internationally;
  • To promote the further development and competitiveness of the services sector of Antigua and Barbuda;
  • To educate the service providers of Antigua and Barbuda on relevant aspects of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) of the EU-ACP, the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and any other trade agreements or developments that affect trade in services.