Tech Industry Offers Recommendations Ahead of G7 Summit

BY Heather Greenfield
August 22, 2019

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other industry associations in releasing recommendations ahead of the G7 Leaders Summit taking place this weekend in Biarritz, Aquitaine, France. 

Under France’s presidency of the G7, policymakers have met frequently over the past year at the various ministerial level meetings to discuss issues under the France designated theme of “fighting inequality”.  Digital economy issues have pervaded these discussions, with a number of outcomes following a meeting of digital economy ministers in May. 

Industry encourages G7 Leaders to ensure the facilitation of the free flow of data across borders, support an early agreement on the ongoing e-commerce negotiations at the WTO, and encourage strong commitments to achieving a multilateral approach to tax policy rather than pursuing unilateral digital tax measures.  

In addition to the recommendations outlined in the joint statement, CCIA also encourages G7 countries to ensure that any new approaches to content regulation are made pursuant to comprehensive dialogue with meaningful opportunities for input by industry and civil society and balance the goals of removing illegal content from the Internet with freedom of expression and innovation. 

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black: 

“With rising trade tensions, world leaders face a number of economic challenges ahead of this meeting. We encourage G7 leaders to build off work in previous years to present a vision for trade that harnesses the potential of digitalization of the global economy and lowers barriers.” 

Related Articles

CCIA Recommendations on Canada’s Online News Act Ahead of Committee Hearing

Sep 23, 2022

Washington — The Heritage Committee in the House of Commons of Canada will meet at a  hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss Bill C-18, dubbed “the Online News Act.” The bill would require large “digital news intermediaries” including search engines and social media platforms to pay Canadian news companies to index their content or to…

CCIA Offers Comments to USTR on Proposed U.S.-Kenya Trade Partnership

Sep 16, 2022

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on its proposed U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade & Investment Partnership, providing recommendations to boost and support digital trade between the two countries.  CCIA welcomes the Biden Administration’s desire to expand trade opportunities with Kenya and encourages the United…

CCIA Launches Research Center to Provide a One-Stop-Shop Resource for Data & Analytics on the Connected Economy

Aug 11, 2022

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association is pleased to announce the launch of the CCIA Research Center, the longest-running tech trade association’s newest arm and a source for the most up-to-date data and analytics on the connected economy. CCIA has advocated for empirically-grounded policy that advances competition and innovation for 50 years and…