CCIA Testifies On China Internet Censorship

CCIA President & CEO Ed Black told a joint Congressional committee on China Thursday that the government must do more to combat the burdens on US businesses from Internet censorship in China. Black testified that CCIA appreciated that USTR is making a formal inquiry into China’s Internet censorship practices and that the practices appear to be protectionist because China…

CCIA Applauds Passage of Trade Agreements

Congress has passed trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama a day ahead of a meeting between South Korea’s president and President Obama Thursday. The bipartisan vote comes after five years of delays. The Computer & Communications Industry Association praised the bipartisan cooperation that allowed measures to offset harm to some sectors from the…

CCIA Looks Forward To Approval of Trade Agreements

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the news that the White House is sending the trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress for approval. As the leading export industry of the U.S., the high-tech sector in particular benefits greatly from expanded trade.  CCIA has continued to support these agreements, especially the Korea…

CCIA Looks Forward To Action On Trade Agreements

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the news that the Senate Finance Committee will finally move forward with a mock markup on the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Panama and Colombia.  The markup would also include an extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), a program that has long been an important…

Latest Trade Hold Up — Lack Of Trust, Not Will

USTR Ron Kirk testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on the President’s 2011 Trade Agenda and the three pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.Disagreement remains between the Obama Administration’s stated intent to submit the KORUS FTA to Congress first, and the position of Republican Senators like Sen. Hatch, R-Utah, and…

Internet Freedom and Jackson-Vanik

One of the most prominent trade issues in 2012 centers on Congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia.  While extending PNTR to Russia would provide some economic benefits to both countries following Russia’s WTO entry, we believe that there is another aspect to this issue to be considered: that of Internet Freedom.…