CSIS Briefing on Implementation of the CPTPP’s E-commerce Chapter

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was one of the first trade agreements to include extensive, “gold-standard” provisions on E-commerce – such as rules to facilitate cross-border data flows, ban server localization, protect source code and promote data privacy and consumer protection. Given the CPTPP’s high profile and globalizing membership, its implementation will be essential for upholding a rules-based regional and global trading system and promoting the adoption of binding digital trade rules in trade agreements around the world. Since 2021, the CSIS has published an annual report supporting the CPTPP membership in monitoring the implementation of the agreement’s E-commerce Chapter. Click HERE to download the full 2022 report. Members are invited to join our virtual discussion on Monday morning at 10:00am with Dr. Kati Souminen – the author of the Report to brief on this year’s report assessment and the recommended next steps.

Dr. Souminen is an adjunct fellow with the CSIS Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and focuses especially on digitization, disruptive technologies, and trade. She is also the founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based Nextrade Group, which helps governments, multilateral development banks, and Fortune 500 technology companies enable trade through technology. Dr. Suominen has built dozens of data and analytical products and pilot initiatives, as well as eight global initiatives and public-private partnerships to enable digital trade, the most recent being the Alliance for eTrade Development I and II between 14 leading companies and USAID to enable small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) e-commerce in developing nations.

This virtual discussion will use the Microsoft Teams platform. You may join the conversation from either your desktop or smartphone. Please register your participation by clicking on the button below or by calling (84) 24 3934 2790. Registered participants will receive an email the day before the meeting with the URL link and instructions.