NORTH AMERICA SUMMIT

 

Of all the CSG regions, the West is the only region that has states that border both Canada and Mexico.  The North America Summit provides a unique opportunity to bring together state and provincial lawmakers from Canada, Mexico and the Western U.S. to discuss critical issues facing North America, such as economic competitiveness, border crossings, infrastructure, energy and strengthening state/provincial and federal relations among the three countries.

 

 

Click here for session materials from the 70th CSG West Annual Meeting, held August 15-19, 2017 in Tacoma, Washington.

 

 

2016 Annual Meeting

 

Click here for the 2016 meeting agenda

 

Session Summary

 

 

2015 Annual Meeting

 

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Presentation - Congressman Agustin Barrios, Member, Foreign Affairs Committe, Federal Congress of Mexico

 

Presentation - Consul General Marcy Grossman, Consulate General of Canada in Denver

 

Presentation - Consul General Carlos J. Bellos, Consulate General of Mexico in Denver

 

Presentation - Leslie Blakey, Principal, Blakey & Agnew, LLC. President, Coalition of America's Gateways and Trade Corridors

 

Presentation - Pedro Noyola, Ph.D. Founding Partner and Executive Director, Aklara

 

Click here to view the summary for the 2015 meeting.

 

 

2014 Agenda

 

Highlights of the North America Summit V

 

Dr. Robert A. Pastor, professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at the American University, opened the summit with the main themes that run through his book published in 2011: “The North American Idea: A Vision of a Continental Future”. Namely that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was successful in breaking down trade barriers leading to tripled trade and quintupled foreign investment among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, increasing the region’s share of the world economy.

Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, David Fransen, reminded attendees that Canada buys three times more products from the U.S. than China.Canada is the #1 economic partner of the U.S. as trade in goods and services between the two countries generates $1.3 million every minute.  

 

Rick Van Schoik, Director of the Energy and Sustainability Portfolios at the North American Research Partnership, shared findings from a Trilateral Border Symposium held earlier this year at Arizona State University. Among the top seven recommendations: two focus on security, three on competitiveness, and two on energy.

 

From Canada’s Privy Council Office (PCO), Caron Wilson- Policy Advisor for the Border Implementation Team gave an updated on implementation of the “Beyond the Border” action plan. This plan identifies and elaborates on four key areas of cooperation. They are: 1) Addressing Threats Early 2) Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth, and Jobs      3) Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement, and 4) Critical Infrastructure and Cyber-Security. She noted more than 300,000 people cross the U.S.-Canada border daily and that 2012 total U.S. exports to Canada exceeded total U.S. exports to China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Singapore combined.

 

From the Mexican State of Hidalgo, Economic Development Secretary, Jose Pablo Maauad Ponton confirmed that manufacturing in Mexico is growing- at a rate of 3% in Hidalgo and products are of the highest standards. Many Mexican states are in ideal logistical locations although better technology, security, infrastructure and an efficient customs process are items to be addressed.

Honorable Cal Dallas, Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations for the Government of Alberta, shared some of the existing challenges in market access. Included are some that could reduce energy costs in the U.S.

Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, Julian Adem Diaz de Leon, emphasized that Mexico is a reliable global partner for both Canada and the U.S. Mexico is the United States’ third-largest foreign provider of petroleum and the largest foreign supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables. Mexico is Canada’s fourth largest trading partner worldwide and first in Latin America. As such, each country has a fundamental stake in the success of the other.

 

Russ Jones, current Vice Chair of the Border Trade Alliance (BTA), closed the summit by highlighting BTA’s commitment to improving the quality of life in border communities through the development of trade and commerce. While sequestration stands to put a significant strain on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ability to efficiently process trade, Jones applauded the agency for keeping private industry in close consult throughout the process.

 

For more information on the North America Summit, please contact CSG West staff: Martha Castañeda by phone (916) 553-4423 or email: mcastaneda@csg.org