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PNWER has continued to provide input on the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plans. Prior to the action plans' inception in December 2011, PNWER working groups had been instrumental in providing regional input for these documents, which are the cornerstone of North America's economic competitiveness and security strategy. The joint action plans are designed to simplify the process for each country's citizens to travel and do business across the border.
PNWER will continue to remain active and informed with regards to the current NAFTA changes. Our coverage of the renegotiation can be found here.
The Border Issues Working Group has committed to:
Beyond Preclearance Coalition
The Beyond Preclearance Coalition is comprised of bi-national organizations with a vested interest in advancing the efficiency and security of the Canada-U.S. border. Together, they commissioned a White Paper to explore the opportunities going forward.
Matt Morrison, CEO of PNWER, serves a co-chair of this coalition.
For more information on the Beyond Preclearance Coalition, please click here.
Pass USMCA Coalition
Since the USMCA was signed by the leaders of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada in November of 2018, PNWER has supported the trade deal as an important part of the U.S.-Canada relationship. PNWER has sent letters to and met with members of Congress to encourage them to ratify USMCA while emphasizing the importance of maintaining a strong trade relationship with our closest neighbors.
PNWER recently joined the USMCA Coalition which is "a group of U.S. companies and associations working to secure congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement." To learn more, visit the USMCA Coalition website.
Pass USMCA Coalition participates in U.S. Chamber of Commerce event: Why USMCA is good for the innovative economies of North America- Press Release, May 23, 2019
Watch the entire event HERE.
NAFTA Modernization Task Force
In late 2016, PNWER developed a Task Force to examine updates and changes to NAFTA to benefit the region.
PNWER NAFTA Modernization Task Force Overview
Part of this process involved surveying our partners from across the region. Below are the results of the survey and the submission to the US Trade Representative regarding NAFTA
2021 PNWER Annual Summit - Border Issues
The year-long closure of the U.S.-Canada border was completely unprecedented. Despite efforts to plan a coordinated reopening of the border, there were no clear pathways to verify health and community safety for cross-border travel. These panels focused on the challenges our border has faced due to the pandemic.
Chief Financial Officer, PNWER
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