MAR 31, 2017 | US
BSA Welcomes Focus on Digital Trade Barriers in 2017 National Trade Estimate Report
WASHINGTON – March 31, 2017 –The 2017 National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report, released today by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), highlights significant barriers to US exports, including barriers to digital trade such as policies that impede the international flow of data and several other detrimental policies. Many of the barriers the report identifies--including polices that impact companies’ ability to move data across borders, that require the disclosure of proprietary information, and that mandate the use of local content and/or technology--had been previously raised by BSA in response to USTR’s request for public comments to help inform the report.
“We appreciate USTR highlighting market access barriers that impact digital trade in the 2017 NTE Report, and we urge the Administration to continue working with other governments to address these 21st Century economic issues,” said Victoria Espinel, President & CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance. “Eliminating barriers that prevent BSA members and other US companies from providing their products and services around the world is critical to allow them to continue innovating, creating jobs, and contributing to the U.S. economy.”
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 spark the economy and improve modern life.
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.