NOV 20, 2020 | GLOBAL
WTO E-Commerce Leaders Call on Members to Accelerate Work on Text
Inside Trade, November 20, 2020
Japan, Australia and Singapore this week called on World Trade Organization members participating in the plurilateral e-commerce negotiations to pick up the pace -- particularly on converging issues like electronic signatures and authentication -- over the next two weeks.
Joseph Whitlock, director of policy with BSA | The Software Alliance, lauded this week's progress and the "continued leadership of co-convenors Australia, Japan, and Singapore in this initiative to build a modern set of new digital trade rules to unlock the potential of the digital economy," according to a Nov. 20 statement.
"What is needed to bring certainty and economic opportunity to all participating economies are meaningful data-related disciplines," he said. The negotiations "should be guided by principles of transparency and interoperability among legal frameworks, as well as limits on unnecessary or discriminatory measures," he said.
"The Global Data Alliance encourages active and collaborative engagement among all negotiating parties to prohibit unnecessary or discriminatory data localization mandates and data transfer restrictions in all sectors," the statement adds.
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。