The U.S., Mexico, and Canada announced May 24 the launch of the North American Ministerial Committee on Economic Competitiveness, which will align cabinet-level efforts to strengthen regional competitiveness and productivity in industries such as semiconductors, clean energy, critical minerals, biomanufacturing, and information and communications technology.

The three USMCA partners said they are also working to “enhance North America’s status as a trusted supplier of semiconductors, printed circuit boards, and related technologies in the face of shifting global supply chains, while cultivating domestic expertise and supporting the transition to both a digital and green global economy.”

To that end they pledged, at the first North America Semiconductor Conference held in Washington, D.C., May 18-19, further collaboration on the following issues.

- information exchange to support a more robust and innovative North American research and development ecosystem, with the potential to forge new, cross-border partnerships in semiconductor research and development in areas of mutual interest

- industry and academic partnerships to train the semiconductor workforce of the future

- investments in the development, manufacture, and packaging of semiconductor technologies and related innovations in a way that addresses supply chain gaps and leverages the strengths of each nation

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