“The RCEP will play an increasingly important role in the region’s digital future, as it involves all of the largest Asian economies, including both ASEAN and non-ASEAN nations,” said Alasdair Grant, head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA. “This is even more critical in light of the stalled talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as well as the growing need for innovation, productivity, economic growth and job creation in today’s digital economies. Services and trade in services are growing rapidly in Asia Pacific. This is a vital source of growth for countries in a changing economic environment.”
"RCEP has the opportunity to set the trade rules that are necessary to ensure a growing digital economy across Asia - the protection of cross-border data flows is a critical part of this," said Jeff Paine, Managing Director of AIC.
In particular, the GSMA and AIC strongly support an RCEP outcome that drives progress toward the following objectives:
The GSMA and AIC encourage participating countries to ensure an outcome that contains explicit provisions to secure the above, which will enable the RCEP to create a trade environment fit for the digital age as well as develop future economic competitiveness of its member countries.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.
About the AIC
The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) is an industry association made up of leading internet and technology companies. The AIC seeks to promote the understanding and resolution of Internet policy issues in the Asia Pacific region. For information, please visit https://www.aicasia.org/.