Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced a doubling of the Digital Attaché program. The program already covers Brazil, China, the European Union, India, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Japan. The expansion will include South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, and France. This is a group of well-chosen countries.
South Korea is the world’s 14th largest economy. The world’s first free trade agreement to include provisions on data flows is the U.S.-South Korea Agreement (KORUS) – see Article 15.8. South Korea is also a crucial diplomatic partner for the United States, particularly in standing up for non-discriminatory trading practices throughout Asia and beyond.
Indonesia is of course huge. It is also a very challenging market for U.S. companies in part because of data localization requirements there. These requirements are so economically significant that the Europ ...