Actually, speaking of sharing ...
s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
Wed Aug 13 18:22:07 UTC 2003
I feel the below is a bad idea. Not because I've been unemployed for
more than a year now and more competition means that getting worse,
but because the rich west brain draining the third world of their
best and brightest is a particularly nasty form of exploitation.
They should be able to stay in their own countries who paid for their
education and develop a competing industry and thus wealth generation
at home. Of course, world trade rules are heavily biased against them
doing that which is why illegal immigrants are flooding western
borders. Many thanks globalisation! :(
70 countries sign up for completely free EU IT jobs market offer
Last week we reported that in the latest GATS negotiations under the
auspices of the World Trade organisation, that the EU had made an
offer to the other WTO members (here) to open its door to skilled IT
people from other countries, provided those countries opened up their
doors to our multi-national companies.
We referred to is as giving away the contents of the sweetie shop,
whilst noting that this was just the EUs opening offer.
Well surprise, surprise. Theres been a huge uptake of this offer.
Already over 70 of the 130 WTO member states have signed up for it.
The offer was:-
In computer services, a sector that is key to the development of the
Information Society in Europe, the Commission proposes to offer full
market access to foreign service providers.
This should enable the EU to benefit from the best performing
computer services at the lowest cost, with a view to fulfil our
"Lisbon objectives" and have Europe become the most competitive
society in the world.
The Commission's proposal addresses the interests of both developing
countries that are seeking better access to our market and of EU
countries that are in need for state-of-the-art computer services and
Foreign computer experts will for instance be allowed to provide
maintenance and repair services for computer systems and networks in
Very Good Response
According to the EU:-
Out of the more than 130 WTO members, more than 70 have committed
the sub-sectors "Computer and related" and "Other business", but only
46 have committed "Research & Development" and "Rental & Leasing",
and only 28 WTO Members have entered commitments for "Real Estate
Its not surprising that so many countries have signed up to what
seems a very generous offer, i.e. to open the EU market up completely
to non-EU skilled IT workers.
Our industry appears to have been used as the bait to extract
concessions from developing countries for our big companies.
According to the EU documents, the USA, Japan and Canada have made
similar offers, so it looks as if it is globally coordinated.
India, for one, has said that the offer does not go far enough.
The current GATS negotiations are not due to complete until early in
2005, and I presume they will be implemented soon after that.
However, between now and then there will have been an election in the
US in November 2004, and there will have been elections in many of
the EU states too.
These negotiations have not hit the headlines yet, but there is a
growing reportage of the leak of skilled jobs offshore and of the
numbers of people who are coming to the UK to replace UK workers.
This is not a done deal.
However it is a deal that the major countries, the developing
countries, the major multi-nationals and the major IT consultancies
It remains to be seen what the people of the western countries think
about it once it has been brought to their attention.
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