By John Scannapieco and Klint Alexander
We’re in the wake of one of the most influential trade agreements in the past 50 years: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP is the largest trade agreement in the world, aimed at rewriting the international rules surrounding intellectual property laws. All eyes are on the state of Hawaii as trade ministers meet to finalize the agreement terms. But did you know that the U.S. and Israel Free Trade Agreement has been around for more than 20 years? As trade continues to expand worldwide, the meaning of the U.S. and Israeli trade partnership will take on even more significance.
With all the buzz around the TPP agreement, there will be an even greater focus on the American South to bolster foreign direct investment and trade growth in the United States. The Southeast is the fastest growing region in the U.S. when it comes to trade and investment. The mission behind the Cybersecurity Forum is to highlight the economic sectors that are the source of the quick expansion in the Southeast: Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Logistics and Energy. Cybersecurity brings about a slew of challenges for the booming industries of the Southeast and the potential trade and investment opportunities that can be found there.
In the wake of the recent U.S. and Iran agreement on nuclear proliferation, the U.S. and Israeli economic relationship has become more important than ever. But how can an economic partnership between the two countries make for an even stronger relationship? The U.S. and Israeli economic partnership is critical for the political and security interests of the Middle East. It’s no longer just a business opportunity – it’s a political obligation. Companies are increasingly going global and benefiting from globalization. As a result, they need more information about cybersecurity to protect their business interests. Now is the time for U.S. companies to partner with Israeli companies and discuss the implications of the changing Middle East from a cyber technology and security perspective.