Dear Secretary Locke and Ambassador Kirk:
In the spirit of finding “new approaches” to international trade and investment that the President has called for, we want to work with you to develop a comprehensive and integrated information technology trade, investment and regulatory strategy to deal with the wide-range of issues affecting the international competitiveness of our industry.
Open markets are essential to the information and communication technologies (ICT) industries and play a basic role in improving the competitiveness of American manufacturing and services companies. They are also central to achieving the President’s economic and foreign policy objectives. Unfortunately, many countries are not moving forward to eliminate their trade, investment and regulatory barriers, and the current financial and economic crisis is, as reported by the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, creating a fertile environment for new barriers. At the same time, international negotiations to open markets have stalled.