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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.

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Original Posting: https://insidetrade.com/daily-news/sources-digital-trade-deal-under-%E2%80%98serious%E2%80%99-interagency-consideration

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