US Tech Industry Associations Endorse TPP 31/03/2016 by Intellectual Property Watch 2 Comments IP-Watch is a non-profit independent news service, and subscribing to our service helps support our goals of bringing more transparency to global IP and innovation policies. To access all of our content, please subscribe now. You also have the opportunity to offer additional support to your subscription, or to donate. A number of internet and software industry in the United States have come out in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiated by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) last year. USTR sent a note to reporters today highlighting the trade associations that have supported TPP. The memo is reprinted below. There has been talk of President Obama trying to get the trade agreement through Congress for approval as early as possible this year before the presidential election season gets too far along. Meanwhile, several of the presidential candidates have taken a sceptical stance on trade agreements. ——————————- MEMO TO REPORTERS: TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS UNIFIED IN SUPPORT OF TPP From: Matt McAlvanah, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs Date: March 30th, 2016 Re: Technology Industry Support for TPP With today’s endorsement of TPP from the Internet Association, which represents America’s leading internet companies and is focused on “policy solutions that strengthen and protect internet freedom, foster innovation and economic growth, and empower users,” TPP now has support from all of the largest innovation and technology-based industry organizations. In fact, together the nine innovation and technology-based industry organizations that have now endorsed TPP represent over 1,400 technology businesses or organizations across America. The combined support of the technology community is representative of the fact that TPP supports the digital economy by expanding a free and open internet; promoting commerce without borders; deterring forced localization of data and servers; requiring protection of consumers from spam, breaches of privacy and other abuses; and cutting over 18,000 taxes, including on many Made in America technology exports. For more on the technology industry benefits included in TPP, we’d encourage you to read USTR’s Digital 2 Dozen which lays out the specific provisions in TPP that support the digital economy, read the details on how TPP promotes trade in services, and read more about how TPP ensures a free and open internet. The nine major technology industry associations that have endorsed TPP are the: Internet Association Information Technology Industry Council Business Software Alliance Semiconductor Industry Association Silicon Valley Leadership Group TechNet Tech CEO Council Telecommunications Industry Association Software & Information Industry Association EXCERPTS AND LINKS TO THE ENDORSEMENTS OF MAJOR TECH INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS: Statement In Support Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership “The Internet industry is encouraged that the TPP recognizes the Internet as an essential American export, and supports the agreement’s passage. Historically, pro-Internet policies have been absent from trade agreements, which is why the TPP is an important step forward for the Internet sector that accounts for 6 percent of the GDP and nearly 3 million American jobs… It will be critical that the TPP is implemented in a way that supports the Internet economy. The Internet industry is committed to working with U.S. trade officials and Congress to ensure that future trade negotiations build upon this framework and reflect the priorities of all stakeholders, including a rapidly growing Internet sector.” Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) Endorses TPP Agreement to Boost Innovation Economy and Job Creation “When the TPP agreement was announced, ITI said we would reserve judgment until we could review the text to see if it addressed the trade issues that our companies have encountered. After reviewing the agreement, we have decided to support the TPP, because it offers tremendous growth and innovation opportunities for the technology sector and our economy. In tech, our innovation cycles occur in months, not years. We should not wait, now is the time for TPP. BSA| The Software Alliance supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and urges prompt implementation “The TPP is a leap forward in trade agreements, establishing rules that truly reflect 21st century trade. It ensures opportunities and growth for all sectors that rely on data innovation by establishing the first-ever strong and enforceable general application trade rules on cross-border data flows in a multilateral agreement. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration towards rapid implementation of the Agreement. The TPP lays an important foundation for digital trade that we urge be built upon and expanded in future trade agreements.” SIA applauds landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement “Free trade is essential to the American economy and the U.S. semiconductor industry, which exports more than 80 percent of its products to customers overseas,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “The TPP will strengthen America’s standing in the world and help our industry maintain leadership in the global market. It is the first major trade agreement that seriously contemplates how trade needs to be done in the global digital economy of the 21st Century. We applaud negotiators for reaching this landmark agreement and urge Congress to approve it expeditiously.” SIIA Announces Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership Today, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) joined other groups in announcing its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and urges Congress to approve it after the Administration submits the agreement in a timely fashion…“The agreement contains modern cross-border data flow provisions that are critical to today’s global economy. These provisions oblige members to permit data flows and forbid server localization. TPP’s cross-border data flow trade provisions are a clear step forward compared to existing current trade agreements. They should serve as a floor and be strengthened additionally in the Trade in Services Agreement and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations.” Silicon Valley Leadership Group unanimously votes to support TPP to help spur the economy and job growth “The Silicon Valley Leadership Group today unanimously voiced support for President Obama’s 7-year effort to develop and ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will directly benefit employers throughout the U.S. as they compete around the globe. The President’s efforts reduce or eliminate 18,000 taxes and trade barriers on American employers while ensuring the strongest and most enforceable labor and environmental provisions of any of our country’s trade agreements. The TPP unites 12 Asia-Pacific countries, 40 percent of global GDP, which is an unprecedented benefit for American jobs, workers and employers.” TechNet Endorses the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Urges Congress to Approve the Agreement “The U.S. technology sector has grown into a leading force in the U.S. economy, fueled by an unparalleled commitment to innovation and an unprecedented investment in research and development… Yet, our nation’s ability to continue to lead in this sector is dependent on access to the fastest growing markets in the world and the uninhibited flow of data across borders. This agreement supports U.S. technology leadership around the globe, and will drive economic growth and job creation here at home. On behalf of our member companies, we urge our leaders in Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” Statement from Tech CEO Council Executive Director Regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership “TPP establishes a framework for digital trade in the 21st century and will ensure that U.S. information technology entrepreneurs remain competitive in all the TPP countries… This agreement boldly addresses the 21st century challenges limiting U.S. growth and global competitiveness. Its passage and implementation are critical to maintaining American information technology leadership and ensuring a fair global market based on competition and innovation. The Tech CEO Council strongly supports the TPP Agreement and is committed to working with the Congress and Administration to quickly move it forward under the TPA’s approval process.” TIA to Congress: If Jobs and Economy are Top Priority, TPP is a Mandatory ‘Yes’ Vote “With a focus on the digital economy, TPP is a mandatory ‘yes’ vote for any Member of Congress who states that jobs and the economy are a priority,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. “TPP would bolster the U.S. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry by eliminating tariffs on technology goods – a step that will expand markets and create jobs here at home by making U.S.-made products more affordable overseas. The Internet and connectivity are at the center of the global economy and for the first time we have an international trade agreement that recognizes this fact. 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