CES Press Release

World Electronics Forum Calls for Swift, Tariff-Eliminating Expansion of the Information Technology Agreement

Arlington, VA – 02/23/2012 – The World Electronics Forum (WEF), whose members hail from the global high-tech industry, today issues the following statement regarding tariff-cutting expansion of product coverage for the Information Technology Agreement (ITA):

“The ITA is one of the most commercially significant and successful trade agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). ITA expansion would yield immediate and substantial benefits, removing tariffs on a vast array of tech products not currently covered by the agreement. We are deeply committed to working with our governments and the global information and communications technology to move quickly to advance this important negotiation that will expand trade, foster innovation and increase jobs around the world.”

The most recent meeting of the WEF took place on January 12, at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas. World Electronic Forum members include Communication Multimedia and Infrastructure Association of India (CMAI), Communications and Information Network Association of Japan (CIAJ), Consumer Electronics and Technologies Industry Association (CETIA), Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Electro-Federation Canada, Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association (HKEIA), Intellect UK, Japan Electronics & Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Korean Electronics Association (KEA), Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI), Shenzhen Electronics Industries Association, Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA), and CompuMe (Egypt).

The complete statement can be found here. Visit www.WEFonline.org for more information about the World Electronics Forum.


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