While TPP has the first binding language in its e-commerce chapter, NAFTA could be the first digital economy trade agreement designed to facilitate data driven sectors such as the cloud, AI, and the Internet of Things. The Institute of International Economic Policy (IIEP) at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, the Software & Information Industry Association, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) present a free event on the data driven economy in North America.

In the first panel, Jessica Nicholson from the Department of Commerce will provide a set of measures on digital trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Then commentators will give brief remarks and we will open the floor to Q&A. 

Next, Susan Aaronson will present fresh ideas for NAFTA's digital trade chapter, also followed by brief commentary, and then Q&A. She will show how policymakers in North America can ensure that digital trade rules enhance human welfare, maintain internet openness, and facilitate innovation. 

A lunch will be provided to all registrants.

Event Speakers

Susan Aaronson Headshot

Susan Ariel Aaronson

Senior Fellow

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights. As part of her work for CIGI, Susan is currently developing a digital trade and digital protectionism strategy for Canada. She is also co-authoring a paper with Senior Fellow Patrick Leblond about China’s efforts to be a leader in the digital trade sphere.

Jessica Nicholson

United States Department of Commerce

Carl Schonander

Senior Director for International Public Policy, Software & Information Industry Association
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