>> Technology companies like Microsoft and Cisco won't be in the room Wednesday as talks begin on how to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement. But the group has been muscling up in an effort to influence the trade talks. While the traditionally large auto and farming lobby groups are fighting to defend gain secured under the last trade agreement, what tech wants is more offense in posture says Reuters Washington correspondent Jason Lang.
>> These are things like an agreement for governments to not require companies to store data in any particular country. They wanted to have a general free flow of information on the internet without government interference of that. And they also wanted to be required that signatories sign on or commit to a broader international agreement to eliminate tariffs on tech goods.
>> Tech has been making the hard press. The industry now has almost as many lobby groups trying to influence NAFTA talks, as the transport sector, though still paling in comparison to the massive efforts made by the farming industry. The tech groups are facing a disadvantage with the White House focused on one thing, jobs.
>> They feel confident that the issues that they're raising will at least be addressed. What's not completely clear is how much focus the Trump administration will give these issues given that we know that President Trump is very focused on on manufacturing.>> But these trade groups say the major pick up in courting the Trump administration goes beyond just NAFTA.
They're also eyeing potential trade talks with Japan, the Euro zone and Britain, in an aid where Trump's quote, America first, is the starting point for all future negotiations.