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MAR 03, 2023 | US | ASIA PACIFIC

Supporting US Digital Engagement and Inclusion in the Indo-Pacific

Speaker: Joseph Whitlock, Director, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance and Executive Director, Global Data Alliance

BSA’s Joseph Whitlock speaks on the importance of strong digital provisions in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) negotiations to efforts to support greater US digital engagement and inclusion in the Indo-Pacific.

The IPEF negotiations represent the broadest and most diverse grouping of Indo-Pacific economies to engage in a regional trade negotiation with the United States. Responsible data transfers and cross-border access to technology support many policy imperatives, including digital inclusion, cybersecurity, fraud prevention, anti-money laundering, and other activities relating to the protection of health, privacy, security, and regulatory compliance. They also support shared cross-border economic prosperity that benefits workers, citizens, and businesses of all sizes, including small- and medium-sized enterprises.

With respect to partner countries engaging in the IPEF negotiations relating to the connected economy, the Global Data Alliance urges the participants to advance strong cross-border data provisions in line with the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and the US-Japan Digital Trade Agreement.

More Information: BSA Model Provisions on Digital Trade, BSA Jobs-Centric Digital Trade Agenda, GDA Cross-Border Data Policy Principles and the GDA Comments on the IPEF.


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


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