March 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Global Policy Josh Kallmer welcoming the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce that it will be creating a digital economy attaché corps to serve in U.S. embassies:

“Today’s economy is digital, and that is reflected by the fact that the Department of Commerce is piloting and deploying digital economy attachés to serve in key markets around the world. With this attaché program, many of the pressing international issues facing the information and communications technology (ICT) sector will be handled with the same diplomatic skill and expertise as we’ve come to expect from American embassies around the world for decades on commercial, economic, and political issues.”

“These attachés can ensure ICT companies are made aware of open markets abroad for products and services. They can also be instrumental in forging policy environments that enable the free flow of information, leverage economies of scale in the global technology supply chain, and embrace and advance innovation like the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and value-added internet services platforms. We look forward to working with the digital attachés to ensure the Internet remains free from unnecessary government restrictions, to coordinate the economic components of U.S. ICT policies internationally, and to promote the growth and use of ICT goods and services.”

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Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment