WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2018) — CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry, released the following statement from CompTIA Executive Vice President for Public Advocacy Elizabeth Hyman regarding the reported agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.
"CompTIA welcomes the agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada on a trade pact that can modernize NAFTA and bring trade among our North American allies into the 21st Century.
“Vibrant trade with Canada and Mexico is vital to the U.S. tech industry. In 2017, U.S. tech product exports to Canada and Mexico totaled $67.4 billion, and tech service exports totaled $7.8 billion in 2016. That represents nearly a quarter of all U.S. tech exports. Additionally, 225,000 U.S. jobs are supported by tech exports to Mexico and Canada, which surpasses any other market.
“We are pleased to see that the new agreement addresses key pieces of digital trade that are crucial to ensuring our trade pacts going forward reflect the modern realities of moving data across borders and protecting an open internet. We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and Congress on this important agreement.”
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $1.5 trillion U.S. information technology ecosystem; and the 11.5 million technology and business professionals who design, implement, manage, market, and safeguard the technology that powers the U.S. economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.
Through its Advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it. Visit https://www.comptia.org/advocacy to learn more.