March 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Ambassador Katherine Tai, global tech trade association ITI calls on the Biden-Harris Administration, and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) specifically, to advance an ambitious digital trade strategy designed to increase the United States’ global competitiveness across all technology-enabled sectors. In its new Tech Sector Trade Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration, ITI stresses the enabling role that technology plays across the U.S. economy.

“We look forward to working with Ambassador Tai to realize the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of ‘building back better’ through trade policy that levels the playing field for U.S. technology companies and workers. The continued adoption of new technologies and the expansion of digital trade will bring benefits to virtually every sector of the economy and advance the competitiveness of the United States’ most innovative companies,” said Jason Oxman, ITI’s President and CEO.

“There is an immense opportunity to develop a U.S. trade agenda that re-establishes U.S. leadership in the global economy and promotes open, rules-based, and inclusive trade policies that empower workers in the United States, promote a sustainable planet, and counter growing protectionist trends that U.S. exporters face around the world.”

ITI’s recommendations cover four major areas, including global, rules-based trade priorities, enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and multilateral commitments, strategic engagement with U.S. trading partners, and U.S. leadership in multilateral forums. Specific recommendations urge USTR to continue to champion digital trade principles in its bilateral, regional, and multilateral engagement and negotiating efforts; develop and expand commitments that tackle non-tariff barriers to trade in digital services; and promote state-of-the-art commitments that facilitate compatibility and transparency by broadening reliance on open, evidence-based approaches to the development of policy, legal frameworks, and regulation.

ITI also urges USTR to prioritize enforcement of all USMCA provisions, including its landmark digital trade provisions, and build on and strengthen customs and trade facilitation provisions in USMCA and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in ongoing and future trade negotiations, while also expanding market access for both ICT and environmental goods and services.

As part of a comprehensive agenda for strategic engagement with U.S. trading partners, ITI also provides concrete recommendations for advancing U.S. leadership at the WTO, country-specific recommendations for U.S. engagement with the EU, China, United Kingdom, and India, and region-specific recommendations for partners in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Africa.

Read the full letter and recommendations here.

Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment