Microsoft Likes DR-CAFTA

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Microsoft came out this week with a statement in strong support of DR-CAFTA (Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement).

Here is the statement which came to Aunty’s attention:

WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today’s passage of the
Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) in the U.S.
House of Representatives is a victory for economic growth and innovation in
both the United States and the nations covered by the agreement. The ability
of Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. technology industry to continue to create jobs
and expand exports depends on access to developing markets. Microsoft is
pleased that this agreement not only provides this access, but also ensures
solid intellectual property, procurement and e-commerce protections. In the
spirit of our nation’s long history of working to foster democracy and
strengthen ties in the Americas, DR-CAFTA extends to the Central American
region the high-level trade standards that the United States is pursuing
around the world.

Microsoft commends Congress for moving the agreement forward. In
particular, we wish to express our special appreciation to Reps. Norm Dicks,
D-Wash.; Doc Hastings, R-Wash.; Cathy McMorris, R-Wash.; and Dave Reichert,
R-Wash., for their leadership on this important issue. We look forward to
President Bush signing the agreement into law in the near future.

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