NOV 02, 2021 | GLOBAL | US | ASIA PACIFIC
Sources: Digital Trade Deal Under ‘Serious’ Interagency Consideration
Inside US Trade, November 2, 2021
By Madeline Halpert
The White House is seriously considering a digital trade agreement in the Indo-Pacific region, increasing contact with domestic stakeholders and evaluating the scope of a potential deal, multiple sources tell Inside US Trade, though the administration is taking a methodical approach before potentially embarking on negotiations.
The US should consider allowing as “many different countries and economies as possible” to join a digital economy agreement, Victoria Espinel, the CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance, which describes itself as the leading advocate for the global software industry, told Inside US Trade.
There is, however, a “logic” to beginning any digital agreement with allies in the Indo-Pacific that are also focused on the digital economy, said Espinel, who served as the first assistant USTR for intellectual property and innovation in the early 2000s. She would later serve as President Obama’s senior IP adviser.
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。
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