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.”
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.