Past Event

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator

The current set of rules within the global trading system that impact the technology industry were put in place a generation ago—before the Internet was of critical commercial significance, when cross-border digital trade was a fraction of what it is now, mobility was limited and “cloud” architecture unknown. How will new rules within the global trading system open opportunities and propel the growth of the technology industry? How will these 21st-century rules combat “data nationalism” and the balkanization of the internet? How does the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) embrace cutting-edge rules to combat these trends and preserve a single, global, digital marketplace?

Ambassador Holleyman will speak to the urgency around efforts to preserve a single, global digital marketplace. He will describe these new rules—“The Digital Two Dozen”— and how he believes TPP will foster digital entrepreneurship and drive the growth of the technology sector.

Ambassador Robert Holleyman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his position as deputy Unites States trade representative on September 18, 2014. His responsibilities include U.S. trade and investment relations with Asia, as well as trade negotiations and policy coordination in the areas of services, investment, and intellectual property. In the private sector, Holleyman worked in technology, founding Cloud4Growth, a cloud development venture and served as president and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance from 1990 to 2013.

March 30, 2016

Location: 555 Post Street, San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check in, noon program
Cost: $10 nonmembers, members free, $5 students (with valid ID)
Notes: In association with the Club's Asia Pacific  and Science & Technology forums