OCT 29, 2018 | US
BSA Calls Out Digital Trade Barriers for National Trade Estimate
WASHINGTON – October 30, 2018 – BSA | The Software Alliance urged policymakers to be vigilant against the creation of barriers and disguised restrictions to digital trade in comments submitted to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report. BSA flagged Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam as trading partners that maintain significant barriers to US exports of digital goods and services, US e-commerce, and US foreign direct investment abroad. These barriers include restrictions on cross-border data transfers, data localization requirements, and forced technology transfer mechanisms. Such digital protectionism hampers the ability of the digital economy to reach its full potential, and requires a robust response from the US government, using all available tools of digital trade policy.
Software is a major driver of the US economy, contributing $1 trillion to the US GDP and supporting more than 10 million American jobs – and this economic prosperity has significant growth potential. However, achieving that potential depends upon open digital trade policies. BSA encourages USTR to prioritize not only the enforcement of existing digital trade obligations undertaken by other trading partners, but also the negotiation of ambitious digital trade disciplines with like-minded countries like Japan and the United Kingdom.
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。