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TIA Applauds Russia’s Decision to Join WTO Information Technology Agreement
ARLINGTON, VA (September 13, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauds the announcement that Russia has joined the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which demonstrates that Russia is making progress towards meeting its commitments when it acceded to the WTO in August 2012. By joining the ITA, Russia becomes the 78th member of one of the most significant trade agreements for the ICT industry. The ITA eliminates tariffs on a wide variety of ICT products and subcomponents that are critical to the global ICT industry. Members of the ITA represent about 97 percent of global trade in ICT products.
“We very much welcome the announcement today that Russia has fulfilled its commitment to join the ITA,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. “The ITA continues to be one of the most important trade agreements for the global ICT industry. Expanding themembership of the ITA strengthens the Agreement and enhances Russia’sintegration into the global ICT ecosystem.”
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.