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Flying Blind or Building Together? Upcoming Opportunities for the Digital Trade Agenda
The benefits of digitization touch all sectors of our economy impacting workers, small businesses, farmers, and consumers. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a shift to reliance on digital technologies in all aspects of our daily life, and there is no turning back the tide. In response, governments have gone into regulatory overdrive in the digital sector, but are doing so in uncoordinated ways. Digital Policy Alert’s recent report, Emergent Digital Fragmentation, provides a comprehensive assessment of the impact of these policies.

Over the coming year, there are a growing number of opportunities to counter digital fragmentation and build a positive digital trade agenda. These include, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), the U.S. Chairmanship of APEC, the Japanese G7 Presidency, the U.S.-EU Trade & Technology Council (TTC), ongoing WTO plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce, and growing interest in the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA).

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) in collaboration with the St. Gallen Endowment for Prosperity Through Trade, is pleased to host a webinar on how best to take advantage of these opportunities. ASPI Vice President Wendy Cutler will join Simon J. Evenett, professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St. Gallen and the coordinator of Global Trade Alert, alongside Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary of Trade and Economics at New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tan Hung Seng, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the WTO and WIPO, and other experts.

Oct 11, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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