WASHINGTON - CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, the world's leading technology association, released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
"The TPP was a significant step forward for the information technology sector," said Elizabeth Hyman, CompTIA's executive vice president of public advocacy. "The United States must quickly pivot and seize new opportunities to build on our economic and geopolitical ties with these important trading partners in the booming Asia-Pacific region.
"With the rise of foreign regulatory barriers being placed on the U.S. technology sector abroad, there is no doubt that U.S. technology companies need trade agreements to maintain competitiveness and ensure growth in the industry. Our trading partners in the region are looking for strong U.S. leadership to write the rules of trade before others, particularly China, achieve their objective to advance a low-standard trading model.
"CompTIA supports efforts to negotiate trade agreements that include important elements to the tech sector, including those that will prohibit forced data localization, ensure the transfer of data across borders, protect American source code, and strengthen intellectual property rights."
According to CompTIA's Tech Trade Snapshot, U.S. technology companies export $205 billion in manufactured goods a year, and tech services and software exports are more than $100 billion. An estimated 6 million American workers are employed in the information technology industry.
As the new Administration creates a strong economic policy framework for the United States, developing trade policies that will fuel the innovation of the technology industry is an important piece of the puzzle. CompTIA looks forward to working with the new Administration and Congress to achieve these goals.
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