September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today technology trade group ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Global Policy Josh Kallmer following the conclusion of the Eighth Director General-level meeting of the U.S.-Japan Policy Cooperation Dialogue on the Internet Economy in Washington, D.C, on September 21 and 22, 2017.

“As the internet continues to fuel and drive economic growth for businesses of all sizes across the globe, discussions like the ones held over the past two days are critical to maintain that momentum,” Kallmer said. “This dialogue serves as an integral component of the U.S.-Japan bilateral relationship, highlighting cooperation on promoting the free flow of data and enhancing cybersecurity, privacy, and digital trade. We are particularly pleased that the U.S. and Japan continue to promote private sector engagement as a crucial element of the dialogue and recognize the importance of the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules system in growing the global economy. We hope these discussions will serve as springboards for the two parties in high-level meetings in October.”

ITI is pleased to see the U.S. and Japan reaffirm, through a joint press release, the commitment to promote expansion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules system among both governments and companies. ITI also supports both governments’ commitment to challenge third-country restrictions on digital trade and stand up against requirements to transfer source code or other technology as a condition of market access. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our cooperation with our government counterparts to advance these important objectives.

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