Can digital trade agreements spur the next round of growth?

10.09.2020 Peterson Institute for International Economics

Amid lockdowns and other containment measures, digital technologies have kept trade flowing. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption and use of these new technologies, but digital protectionism risks fragmenting markets and limited the benefits of electronic commerce. To promote greater trade cooperation in this area, Singapore has started leading the negotiation of digital trade agreements.

What are these accords about? Will they help increase business certainty and promote growth? How do they relate to the WTO ecommerce negotiations?

Host: Anabel González, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)

Guests:

  • Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore
  • Caroline Atkinson, former Head of Global Policy, Google, Inc.; former Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics to President Barack Obama; PIIE Board member
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