In this presentation, Caroline will offer a unique perspective on some of Australia’s existing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) provisions that deal with digital trade. Drawing from her wealth of experience at the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and her role as lead negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in relation to numerous bilateral and plurilateral negotiations, Caroline will discuss how digital trade is treated at the negotiating table and implemented in Australia’s FTAs.
Caroline McCarthy is a senior trade negotiator with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to this she led IP Australia's international and domestic policy and treaty negotiations on patents, trade marks, designs and traditional knowledge. In her roles in DFAT she has led negotiations in the WTO and in bilateral and plurilateral negotiations on trade in services, digital trade, movement of natural persons, investment, intellectual property and quarantine matters. Currently she heads up the FTA Investment, Digital Trade and Other Issues Branch of the Regional Trade Agreements Division. In this position she led the services negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia FTA and leads teams negotiating Investment and Digital Trade in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN plus China, India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea) and the Pacific Alliance negotiations (Chile, Mexico, Colombia and Peru).