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OCT 16, 2016 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance Calls for Strong Digital Trade Provisions in TISA

WASHINGTON. — October 17, 2016 — BSA | The Software Alliance, together with other technology associations, urges the U.S. Trade Representative to ensure that the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) currently under negotiation contains strong digital trade provisions. In a joint letter, the associations call for the agreement to include provisions that guarantee free flows of data across borders and prohibit data localization requirements, at a level of protection at least equivalent to that established in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The letter also emphasizes the importance of extending the agreement’s benefits to new services.

The other signatories to the letter are ACT | The App Association, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer Technology Association, Information Technology Industry Council, Internet Association, and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition.

TISA negotiations are taking place in Geneva among twenty-two countries, including the United States, as well as the European Union. The Administration seeks to complete the agreement this year. It would reduce tariffs and other regulatory barriers affecting trade in services, going beyond the provisions of the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services.

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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。


Michael O’Brien

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