May 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, global tech trade association ITI and 10 other tech industry groups from around the world sent a joint letter to G20 Leaders with concrete policy recommendations that the G20 can take up to leverage digital transformation to further economic recovery and resilience.

“As we look ahead to this year’s G20 Summit in October, global digital and technology industries wish to emphasize the need to harness digital transformation to drive recovery and build resilience into the world economy,” the groups wrote. “[This] will only be possible with consistent and effective leadership by the G20 on global trade and digital governance rules. Global digital ecosystems – and indeed, societies – operate better with clear and pragmatic regulatory structures in place, and international interoperability should be a top priority.”

In the letter, the associations put forward thirteen policy recommendations, including:

  • Avoid digital protectionism or imposing barriers to trade in recovery planning and economic stimulus packages;
  • Commit to respecting existing international commitments while prohibiting and eliminating existing barriers to digital trade, telecommunications and information and communication technology (ICT);
  • Ensure that regulatory approaches impacting digital services, technologies and infrastructure are non-discriminatory and adhere to good regulatory practices;
  • Commit to facilitating the free flow of data that recognizes the need for interoperability of regimes across borders and refraining from imposing damaging data localization requirements;
  • Follow the Data Free Flow with Trust (DFFT) principles while ensuring high level of privacy;
  • Invest in strengthening the resilience of global value chains;
  • Commit to supporting industry-led, voluntary, consensus-based international standards development while respecting the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) rules
  • Support multilateral efforts at the OECD to establish a set of common practices and legal processes for ensuring trusted law enforcement; and
  • Establish common approaches to the regulation of emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI).

The letter was signed by ITI, Australian Services Roundtable, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), DIGITALEUROPE, European Services Forum (ESF), Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Korea Electronics Association (KEA), Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), TECHNATION Canada, and World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).

Read the full letter here.

Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment