Global IT Supply Chain Disruptions Should Bolster Innovation and Cybersecurity with North American Allies
Backlogs in the global intermodal supply may precipitate a return to North America of over 40 years of outsourced manufacturing. So too, for reasons of national security and regional competitive advantage, global IT supply chain disruptions (ransomware, semiconductor shortages) necessitate business leaders and policymakers to take a fresh look at the Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Cybersecurity Strategy for North America. Did NAFTA even have a robust ICT commitment? What is the broad ICT regulatory environment like in North America?
More importantly, do the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) have a robust ICT strategy, with specific partner country agreements and commitments? What are the ICT innovation and investment climates in Mexico and Canada? Is ICT investment part of the solution for the creation of regional economic development initiatives in partnership with the Northern Triangle countries in Central America How does the U.S. create incentive systems to stay home and work opportunities based on ICT innovation in these countries? The CSIS begins this dialogue in a recent report.
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