On June 12, with the fitting stroke of their e-signatures in an online-only signing ceremony, the trade ministers for Singapore, New Zealand and Chile virtually inked a new trade agreement that will guide their multilateral cooperation on a wide range of emerging technologies and related digital trade issues.

The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (Depa) is a first-of-its-kind, digitally focused trade agreement. Its goals are to enable seamless, end-to-end digital trade, facilitate secure cross-border data flows, and promote consumer trust in the broader digital ecosystem.

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