WASHINGTON -- Today, global tech trade association ITI published its 2021 Policy Agenda for the Americas, a comprehensive set of policy principles focused on key digital issues in Latin America and Canada. The agenda offers recommendations in areas including trade, AI, digital services, and tax designed to accelerate the digital transformation currently underway in the region and ensure that its benefits are shared by all members of society.
“The tech sector empowers companies of all sizes and across industries – from agriculture to education, financial services to manufacturing, healthcare to energy and transportation – to leverage frontier innovations towards competition and success in Latin America, Canada, and across the global marketplace,” said Jason Oxman, ITI’s President and CEO. “These recommendations provide policymakers and other stakeholders with concrete steps they can take to address the economic and social implications of technology in a manner that supports innovation, while recognizing the range of public interests at stake in Latin America, Canada, and across the Americas region.”
The global pandemic catalyzed the digital transformation across the region, and ITI’s recommendations identify how governments can pursue more digitally-charged, inclusive, and productive economies. ITI’s 2021 Policy Agenda for the Americas includes nine top-line recommendations:
- Utilizing the benefits of artificial intelligence;
- Leveraging risk-based, proportionate frameworks that bring experts from all stakeholders responsible for cybersecurity;
- Protecting data in responsible and effective ways;
- Maintaining safe digital services by enacting regulations based on objective criteria, processes and stakeholder consultation;
- Reducing barriers to digital trade of physical goods and digital services;
- Implement policies to expand invite innovation in new technologies for digital transformation in all industry sectors;
- Creating environmental policy that to efficiently handle rapidly growing data volumes and catalyse on digital transformation across all industry sectors;
- Harmonizing regulatory policies across the region to comply with international standards; and
- Realizing a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable, and stable trade and investment environment by avoiding unilateral tax measures.
Read the full policy agenda here.