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Obama Nominees for USTR and Commerce Have Opportunity to Drive Digital Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC — May 2, 2013

BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed President Obama’s nominations of Michael Froman for US Trade Representative and Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary.

“The Administration’s second term holds tremendous potential for opening markets, expanding trade and strengthening the foundations of the digital economy,” said BSA Senior Vice President for External Affairs Matt Reid. “There is critically important work underway at the Commerce Department and in the Office of the US Trade Representative to combat software piracy in international markets and advance trade agreements and domestic initiatives that can spur economic growth. BSA looks forward to working with the new Secretary and Ambassador to drive this agenda forward.”

“These nominations come at a critical time,” said Reid. “Trade agreements now being negotiated among Pacific countries, between the US and Europe, and across the services and IT sectors can spur growth by lowering market barriers and reducing friction in the global trading system. Domestically, Commerce Department agencies are playing pivotal roles in ensuring the US intellectual property system continues to foster innovation, shaping standards for emerging technologies, and facilitating collaboration among public stakeholders to improve consumer privacy. Taken together, all of this constitutes an ambitious agenda that will help put the digital economy on a sound footing.”

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