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Season 2, Episode 3: What’s happening with US trade policy and what’s possible on digital?

In this episode you’ll hear from Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow – Global Economy and Development with The Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he has a specific focus on digital trade.


Joshua is an Australian who has been based in Washington DC for the last 14 years. He gives us his thoughts on the current US trade position and policy and what he thinks might be possible.


Clearly he doesn’t see the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership – or the CPTPP – as a realistic prospect.  Even more so now that China has applied to accede it to the agreement.


But he thinks digital might provide an opportunity for US leadership on the trade front.


He also picks up on the EU-US trade and technology Council’s agenda which he thought gives a feel for the direction of US trade priorities on digital and technology, and the drive of the US to work with trusted partners on digital and technology issues.

In the next episode we cover discussion on regulating in such a fast changing environment.


Further information on this series
This current series on digital trade follows the release of our latest report on the future of New Zealand-United States digital trade, the challenges experienced by our digital exporters, and the case for a digital services agreement.

What we’re focusing in on for this series of episodes – are some of the current and future policy issues in this space.

Looking at questions like – what is digital trade, what is a digital trade agreement, the best vehicle for an agreement with the US, why do one of these agreements, in the US political and policy context what’s actually possible on trade, how can you regulate in such a fast-changing environment and what’s the best approach, what are some of the next steps that New Zealand and the US could take right now.

We’re doing this in very short, single question episodes, generally 8-10 minutes long.

Host biography:
Jordan Small:
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