November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the tech industry, representing 60 of the world’s leading technology companies, issued the following statement today from President and CEO Dean Garfield applauding breakthroughs reached this week that would boost global economic growth through increased trade:

"This week saw incredible progress for expanding economic opportunities through trade. The U.S.-India breakthrough on implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) will boost global trade and economic growth. This will generate significant benefits for the tech industry, a sector heavily reliant on the free flow of parts and products across borders. The tech industry commends U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and his team for their tireless work to advance this important multilateral initiative. We also applaud their work with China on defining a path forward to conclude negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) that was announced during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Also on the margins of APEC, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) collaborated with their Trans-Pacific Partnership counterparts to significantly advance those 12-party negotiations in ways we hope will yield a promising and significant conclusion."

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Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment