SIIA Files Comments on Importance of Digital Trade in NAFTA Modernization

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SIIA Files Comments on Importance of Digital Trade in NAFTA Modernization

Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2017) – Today, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, filed comments on the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On June 27, 2017, SIIA will testify on NAFTA modernization in front of the International Trade Commission.

SIIA Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy issued the following statement:

“SIIA is a strong supporter of the deep trade relations that the United States enjoys with Mexico and Canada through NAFTA.  The Administration’s interest in modernizing the agreement, especially through updated digital trade provisions, is appropriate and timely. SIIA is grateful that the United States Trade Representative solicited stakeholder views and we look forward to supporting the U.S. government as it seeks to modernize NAFTA.”

In the comments, sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, MacCarthy states, “SIIA considers that digital trade should be a focus for the NAFTA negotiators.  The level of ambition should be high even when there is no specific market access barrier because the goal should be to arrive at an agreement that could serve as a model for other accords…The positive core achievements - a binding data flow obligation and a prohibition against data localization, with narrow exceptions language; the protection for source code; and the non-discriminatory treatment of digital products -  should be the minimum goals for the renegotiated NAFTA.”

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About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital information industries representing software companies, data and analytics firms, information service companies, and digital publishers. Members of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA work with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education nationwide to develop and deliver education software applications, digital instructional content, online learning services and related technologies. They are helping to support teachers and instruction, improve student learning, carry out various administrative operations, and improve school productivity and educational performance.