MAY 17, 2017 | US
BSA Welcomes the Administration's Focus on Digital Trade in its Initiation of NAFTA Modernization Process
WASHINGTON — May 18, 2017 — BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes the Administration’s notification to Congress today that it intends to initiate negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification under the Trade Promotion Act (TPA) is a first step towards modernizing this important agreement in consultation with Congress.
The 1994 Agreement was negotiated before the emergence of the Internet as an engine for international commerce, and consequently lacks rules protecting and promoting digital trade. US software companies play a leading regional and global role in the dynamic and growing data economy. Modernizing NAFTA by guaranteeing the cross-border flow of data would safeguard and expand US commerce and jobs.
“We are gratified to see that the Administration has identified the development of digital trade as an example of the need to update NAFTA,” said Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “BSA commends the Administration for its ambition to use the updating of NAFTA as an opportunity to address digital trade issues, such as cross-border data flows, which are crucial to job creation in the modern data economy. Making NAFTA a state-of-the-art trade agreement for North America will pave the way for advancing US digital trade interests with other countries.”
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。