Global Policy Action Committee: Advocating Public Policies

WITSA is increasingly assuming a leading advocacy role in the development of international public policy that affects the creation of a robust global ICT infrastructure.

WITSA strengthens the industry at large by promoting a fair trade environment. WITSA helps governments, institutions and multilateral organizations to understand future technology trends and to voice the concerns of the ICT industry with regards to policies that affect industry interests. These organizations include the following:

  • World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • United Nations (UN);
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
  • World Bank;
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC);
  • International Telecommunications Union (ITU);
  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); and
  • Other international forums

Among some of the public policy issues where WITSA is involved include:

  • Increasing competition through open markets and regulatory reform;
  • Protecting intellectual property;
  • Encouraging cross-industry and government cooperation to enhance information security;
  • Bridging the education and skills gap;
  • Reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers to ICT goods and services;
  • Safeguarding the viability and growth of the Internet and electronic commerce; etc.