May 11, 2017

WASHINGTON – ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement from ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield applauding today’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate of Robert Lighthizer as the United States Trade Representative:

“This is truly an instance where patience proves to be a virtue. I want to congratulate Ambassador Lighthizer on his confirmation as U.S. Trade Representative,” Garfield said. “We have a great opportunity to build on the advantage technology companies have given the U.S. in service and digital trade exports. As he steps into this new role, we hope Ambassador Lighthizer will pursue a robust agenda that addresses digital trade barriers so American businesses—large and small—can do what they do best: sell their goods overseas so they can grow our economy and create jobs here at home.”

In March, Garfield wrote a letter to Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, supporting Lighthizer’s confirmation. In the letter, Garfield noted the key role digital trade policies for enabling growth by technology companies which employ over 6.7 million Americans—5.7% of private sector employment—and account for 7.1 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

More importantly, Garfield also cited the powerful economic role technology products and services, and the cross-border flows of digital information that they enable, play in driving growth and job creation in virtually every other sector of the economy so manufacturers, automakers, energy firms, construction firms, and other U.S. industries can be more competitive and realize faster growth.

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Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment