Ambassador Wayne participated in CANACITRA’s 2014 National Convention of Industrialists, headlining a panel on the North American Free Trade Agreement. He stressed that now was an opportunity to look forward, and build on the successes of NAFTA to foster North American competitiveness. “Today, we have one of the most effective cross-border production platforms in the world. Millions of jobs in the United States and Mexico depend on our trade. A day after a successful North American Leaders Summit, it is clear that our leadership and our people are energized about transforming North America into a truly competitive regional bloc,” Ambassador Wayne said.
The United States and Mexico are working through the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), to foster North American competitiveness. We are looking at ways to make our border and transportation systems more efficient, jointly promoting investment, and fostering entrepreneurship, among other activities. North America is also part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, whose members together account for 40% of global trade. Through this agreement, Mexico, Canada, and the United States are modernizing our existing trade relationship through raised labor, environmental, and intellectual property standards.