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    Latin America’s Digital Transformation: Accelerating Momentum
    Fueled by an acceleration towards digitalization during the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin America saw a seismic shift to digitally-driven services and online commerce. In less than two years, the region saw e-commerce increased by 36.7 percent relative to its pre-pandemic levels, and according to Statista, 13 million people across Latin America made an online transaction for the first time in 2020. In a [...]
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    An Important Next Step in Brazil's New National Data Privacy Law
    In September, Brazil’s new privacy law went into effect. This new law is one of the most thoughtful and balanced approaches to protecting users’ privacy and embracing trust and innovation. This week, ITI was excited to see the announcement of the appointment of the Board of Directors of the Data Protection Authority (DPA) as well as their confirmation by the Brazilian Senate. These steps are instrumental [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Data & Privacy
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    Strong Digital Trade Commitments are Critical to Success of U.S.-Brazil Trade Discussions
    As the United States and Brazil make progress toward a trade agreement, both countries have a significant opportunity to advance meaningful rules-based digital trade commitments that reflect the importance of data and technology in this bilateral relationship. We recognize the challenge that COVID-19 presents to both countries during these negotiations, and we fully appreciate that the first priority [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    The Importance of Tech in the U.S.-Brazil Relationship
    The United States-Brazil relationship will take center stage this week as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump for the first time. This is an important moment for both countries as their leaders come together to discuss issues of mutual interest, including economic success, trade, and security. It’s also an important opportunity to advance policies [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment, Cybersecurity
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    USMCA: A New Standard for Digital Trade
    Digital technologies have created innovations and led to higher living standards that were unthinkable when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was first implemented in 1994. Then, internet access was limited; now people regularly connect with one another from the palm of their hands and digital devices connect to create smarter cities, more precise manufacturing, and improved healthcare. [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Enabling Connectivity Enables Competitiveness in Colombia
    Innovators are focused on Colombia right now, and it’s not just because of the “Orange Economy” principles of innovation and creativity permeating throughout the Duque government. Recent actions give confidence that this new administration understands the environment needed for technology and entrepreneurship to flourish in Colombia. One example is the draft ICT modernization bill that the Duque government [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Getting Close to a Modernized NAFTA – the Deal Tech Wants to See
    We are optimistic that a deal between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could be reached in the coming weeks or even days. Since NAFTA first came into force in 1994, the world has become more digitized and interconnected, and new technologies have revolutionized the ways we do business. Because of this, we have always believed that a [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Let’s Bring NAFTA Into the Digital Age
    Forty-one million jobs across the United States depend on trade. If you look around your community, there is a good chance that either yours or one of your neighbor’s jobs exist because of it. Free trade has been a catalyst for economic growth and fuel for innovation across the globe. Historic trade agreements like the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been crucial to the economic success [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Argentina’s Time to Lead on Global Digital Trade
    Digital technology has transformed the way we live, learn, work, and do business, and our economy today is connected like never before. This week, we have a chance to further improve the environment for digital trade when Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his team visit Washington, D.C. to meet with President Trump and administration officials to discuss a wide-range of issues. We urge both governments [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment
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    Colombian Tax Reform: An Essential Step Towards Long Term Economic Strength
    Over the last decade, Colombia has steadily embarked on a path towards becoming one of the leading economies in Latin America. Colombia is in the midst of a remarkable transformation that stands to improve the lives of its citizens and set a standard for its neighbors in how to compete effectively in a global economy. In the coming weeks, we expect the Colombian government to take the next step in [...]
    Public Policy Tags: Trade & Investment, Tax Policy
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