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AdvaMed Praises Expansion of WTO Information Technology Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), issued the following statement on World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations to expand the 1997 Information Technology Agreement (ITA):
“AdvaMed commends U.S. Trade Representative negotiators for their leadership and the success they have had driving these discussions forward. This expanded ITA, covering about $10 billion of U.S. exports, will eliminate burdensome tariffs on our medical technology exports, promoting U.S. job growth and helping maintain America’s leadership in medical innovation.
“We are especially appreciative of the negotiators’ determination to include medical technology – including MRI and ultrasound machines, CT scanners, pacemakers and other specified IT-enabled implantables – in the scope of the expanded ITA. We thank USTR Ambassador Michael Froman and his team of Ambassador Michael Punke, Jim Sanford and Mary Thornton for their persistence over these long and arduous negotiations.
“We urge all participating countries that have not yet notified their willingness to join the ITA, especially Taiwan, to agree to do so.”
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