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Global Data Alliance Welcomes APEC Ministers’ Commitment to a Digital “Post-2020 Vision”

WASHINGTON – July 28, 2020 – The Global Data Alliance welcomes the 2020 Joint Statement of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade. APEC Ministers reaffirmed their nations' shared commitment to mitigating the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and expediting an economic recovery, including by leveraging digital connectivity. The Ministerial Statement expressly "encourage[s] Economies to collaborate and adopt digital solutions that will strengthen supply chain resilience as well as enable seamless cross-border business, including through e-commerce. In harnessing the opportunities of digital economy, we acknowledge the importance of cooperation on facilitating the flow of data and strengthening consumer and business trust in digital transactions."

The Ministers also directed APEC Senior Officials to "accelerate work towards delivering a concise, relevant, meaningful and achievable, Post-2020 Vision," to be launched by the end of 2020.

"The Global Data Alliance welcomes the APEC Ministers' recognition of the importance of the digital economy in building APEC's Post-2020 Vision," said Joseph Whitlock, Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance. "To this end, we urge APEC economies to endorse the Pathfinder Initiative Proposal on Building Blocks for Facilitating Digital Trade, including by enabling the free flow of information and data, minimizing data localization requirements, and working to promote consumer protection and trust."

The Pathfinder Initiative Proposal on Building Blocks for Facilitating Digital Trade provides a roadmap for leveraging digital connectivity for economic growth. The Initiative is supported by 11 APEC economies, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States. The Global Data Alliance looks forward to working with APEC economies to help build an effective response and recovery strategy that leverages digital connectivity as part of APEC's Post-2020 Vision.

About the Global Data Alliance

The Global Data Alliance (globaldataalliance.org) is a cross-industry coalition of companies that are committed to high standards of data responsibility and that rely on the ability to transfer data around the world to innovate and create jobs. The Alliance supports policies that help instill trust in the digital economy while safeguarding the ability to transfer data across borders and refraining from imposing data localization requirements that restrict trade.

Alliance members include BSA members and American Express, Amgen, AT&T, ITB360, LEGO, Mastercard, Panasonic, Pfizer, Roche, United Airlines, Verizon, Visa, and WD-40 Company. These companies are headquartered across the globe and are active in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, electronics, energy, financial services, health, supply chain, and telecommunications sectors, among others. BSA | The Software Alliance administers the Global Data Alliance.


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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