Video On Demand

Ensuring a More Competitive North America

October 26, 2021 • 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Americas Program for a virtual discussion on how to improve technological innovation, expand internet access, and promote economic competition across North America.
Trade agreements such as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) have contributed to economic growth in Mexico and Canada and have contributed to Mexico becoming the second-largest trade partner of the United States. Despite these economic developments, equitable access to affordable and reliable technologies has continued to be a hurdle for governments across the hemisphere, limiting opportunities for economic growth for a large portion of their populations.
Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic catalyzed the transition to a more digital world, economy, and workplace, which in turn has uncovered and exacerbated the digital divide present across North America. This digital divide has elevated concerns over new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) roll out and regulation, particularly in the context of fomenting a more attractive environment for foreign investors in the ICT sector, and has made crucial the need to strengthen Western Hemisphere supply chains and economic ties within North America.
Panelists will discuss policies that governments can take to attempt to close the digital divide and address how North American economies can adapt to shifting supply chains.

This event was made possible thanks to general support to CSIS.

Meredith Broadbent
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Scholl Chair in International Business

Trevor Kennedy

Director of Trade and International Policy, Business Council of Canada

Robert Blair

Senior Director, 5G and External Affairs, Microsoft

Ernesto Flores

member of Advisory Council, Instituto Federal de Comunicaciones (IFT)