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TIA in Geneva, Switzerland to Advocate for Expansion of Product Coverage under Information Technology Agreement

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TIA in Geneva, Switzerland to Advocate for Expansion of Product Coverage under Information Technology Agreement
 
ARLINGTON, VA (March 18, 2013) – As part of a U.S. industry delegation comprised of leading tech associations, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, is in Geneva, Switzerland the week of March 18th to meet with WTO delegations from other countries participating in the negotiations to expand product coverage under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA).  WTO member countries are meeting in Geneva this week to continue negotiations to finalize an expanded list of ICT products that would fall under the ITA – increasing the number of ICT products that would receive tariff-free treatment. 
 
The U.S. industry delegation will be in Geneva to communicate the importance of updating and expanding the list of ICT products under the ITA, as well as the need for a speedy and successful conclusion to the negotiations, which is achievable this year.  In addition, TIA is co-sponsoring a reception for the ITA negotiators that will provide an opportunity for the U.S. industry delegation to interact with the WTO delegations in a more informal setting.
 
Established in 1996, the ITA has been one of the most commercially significant trade agreements in the WTO – eliminating tariffs on a wide variety of ICT products.  From 1996 to 2008, two-way trade in ICT products covered under the ITA increased by 10 percent annually, from $1.2 trillion to $4.0 trillion.  Expanding the ICT products covered by the ITA will update this important agreement, taking into account technologic convergence and innovations that have occurred over the past 15 years since the ITA was first established.  Moreover, a successfully concluded agreement will contribute to economic growth and job creation, both here in the United States and globally.
 
About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.
 
TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.
 
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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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