Boosting Exports, Jobs by Expanding the Information Technology Agreement

Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
March 15, 2012
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Current and former U.S. trade officials discuss a new ITIF report on expanding the Information Technology Agreement.

Think of the technology used in 1996. The proliferation of new products has been astounding. Remarkably, the ITA, which eliminates tariffs, has not really been updated in 15 years, and even then did not cover everyday consumer electronic products. The ITA, with its 73 participating member nations, has been one of the most successful trade agreements ever undertaken. And now there is serious discussion about expanding this critical agreement.

ITIF estimates the economic benefits to the U.S., including job creation and additional exports, that could result from an expanded ITA.

Ambassador Miriam Sapiro
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
Keynote Presentation

Charlene Barshefsky
Former United States Trade Representative
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale

Susan C. Schwab
Former United States Trade Representative
Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Greg Slater
Director of Trade and Competition Policy, Intel

Stephen Ezell
Senior Analyst, ITIF

Rob Atkinson
President, ITIF