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Join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion on the future of technology supply chains and what the implications might be for New Zealand firms. 

Jordan Small
Executive Director, NZUS Council

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of technology supply chains and the implications for New Zealand.

Register here via or Zoom event page.

Background

COVID-19 has exposed supply chain vulnerabilities and increased our reliance on technology.

The U.S. Senate passed industrial policy legislation aimed at boosting the U.S. ability to compete with Chinese technology. The U.S. and EU have agreed to coordinate more closely on technology issues. China, for its part, has made technological self-reliance the key theme of its 14th 5-year plan.

Ongoing strategic competition between the U.S. and China is driving global fragmentation as both are increasingly focused on reducing interdependence and a managed decoupling of their technology sectors.

A briefing paper “The Great Disconnect?: US-China Technology Decoupling And It’s Implications For New Zealand”, written by Dr Rueben Steff, will focus the discussions. In the paper he outlines three decoupling scenarios designed to encourage thinking and planning on:

  • What are the potential implications for New Zealand’s technology sector, and for New Zealand more generally?
  • What options or pathways could New Zealand take as this plays out?
  • How should New Zealand be engaging on these international technology issues?
  • What mechanisms exist or will need to be developed to ensure we retain access to key markets for our technology sector?

Our panellists will include:

  • Professor David Capie – Director, Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Reuben Steff – Senior Lecturer – International Affairs, University of Waikato
  • Ainikki Riikonen – Research Associate, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Stuart Wilson – CEO, Endace
  • Anna Kominik – Asia Pacific Regional Director, Wisk

This promises to be a thought provoking session – please join us.

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