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February 23, 2021 | Local, Aerospace, Naval, Land, C4ISR, Security

EDC overview of the changes to U.S. government procurement

EDC overview of the changes to U.S. government procurement

This EDC report offers an overview of the changes to U.S. government procurement and implications for Canadian companies.

https://www.edc.ca/en/guide/implications-for-buy-american-policy.html

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