TIA president supports joint trade announcement

Feb. 3, 2006 - Praises free trade agreement negotiations effort between U.S., Republic of Korea.

Feb 3rd, 2006

Telecommunications Industry Association President Matthew Flanigan has expressed support for the joint announcement made today by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman and Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-Chong to launch free trade agreement negotiations.

"TIA supports measures that increase engagement with major information and communications technology partners like the Republic of Korea," states Flanigan. "The trade relationship between our two countries will encourage further growth, and the assurance a free trade agreement brings to U.S. and Korean businesses will increase mutual opportunities in the ICT sector."

An FTA with Korea will be the largest trade accord for the United States since the North America Free Trade Agreement. The TIA will provide advice to negotiators in order to represent member companies and industry interests in completing a comprehensive FTA. Key issues for TIA member companies and the industry are technology neutrality, standards, intellectual property and market access, among others.

The TIA is based in Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.tiaonline.org.

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