May 25, An overview of the relations between Canada and Mexico, including diplomatic In recognition of this important relationship, the Government of as the North American Leaders' Summit, our countries work together in areas. Jun 19, Canada and Mexico have very different political and trading from the three countries to fix all types of legal and border issues. Meanwhile, Mexico and Canada have developed a close political relationship – albeit one that is. Aug 17, The United States and Mexico are making progress, but the trade talks still a Canadian government spokesman, said the country's foreign Relations with Canada worsened at a Group of 7 summit in Quebec in June, when.
We also visited the Energia Sierra Juarez wind farm. The wind farm highlights how electric energy markets can be integrated across borders. It sits on a geographically ideal location, where winds on the hilltop consistently keep the turbines operating. Bush Presidential Center Energia Sierra Juarez also encapsulates the border infrastructure, energy, and human capital issues we have studied over the last year.
In order to sell its energy to the U. Its employees range from the middle-skilled to college-educated engineers. They also come from across Mexico and receive training in wind farms around the world.
Strengthening the talents of our people Each country has unique strengths in its workforce. Mexico has an abundant supply of young workers. Job growth in the U. Each country has unique strengths in its workforce. Yet we share a challenge. Each of us needs enough skilled workers with post-secondary education or training to meet future employment demands. This is already a problem in the U. A solid base of skilled workers will become even more important as our economies become more service-oriented and knowledge-based.
We need to make sure that our workers have these skills to maintain our productivity and competitiveness. Yet few skill standards are consistent across all three countries. This inflexible scheme frustrates the process of getting workers with the right skills to the available positions.
Addressing this problem seems simple enough: Leading business organizations should come together to identify specific skills in demand and opportunities to harmonize training standards across North America.
Policymakers, employers, and industry associations together should identify ways to expand training programs, improve access, and achieve greater transferability of credentials for technical workers. Federal, state, and provincial governments in North America and the private sector should improve labor market forecasting abilities so entry level workers can know what jobs are available, where they are, and what skills they need.
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Nonetheless, greater and deeper economic integration and cooperation in North America actually supports domestic jobs in all three countries.
Take just the manufacturing sector. High levels of production that cross borders every day draws upon supply chains and workers from all three nations. More importantly, upgrading our workforce across North America creates a dynamic where we work together to produce high-value goods and services for a competitive global market. Developing our energy resources At a Glance The U.
Most recently, we have seen this in the development of the Canadian oil sands, the U.
These developments will allow the U. To capitalize upon these resources, and realize the maximum benefits from them, we need to more fully integrate our energy markets.
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Our recommendation is a public-private forum that identifies solutions and delivers results. Renewable energy sources also need to be part of our regional strategy.
A diverse energy portfolio can help North America maintain its competiveness. Drawing upon a variety of energy sources can lessen the impact that events such as the recent sharp drop in oil prices can have on our markets. Equally important, connecting our electric energy grids can enhance our competitiveness.
Mexico is now in the process of establishing a new wholesale electricity market, dramatically transforming what has been a state-owned electricity monopoly into a bona fide competitive market that will further bring down electricity costs in the region. That would lower costs to manufacturers and consumers alike, adding a huge boost of competitiveness, which would benefit all of North America.
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The solution we recommend is specific to the United States. The presidential permitting process needs to be more predictable. The current process for getting approval for pipelines and electric transmission lines that cross borders can be long, unpredictable, and expensive.
While companies wait for approval to build new pipelines, production sits without an efficient, safe way to transport it to refineries.
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Regional electricity transmission is hampered by this process, too, with few interconnections between the U. For these reasons, we recommend that the next administration move immediately to improve the presidential permitting process for cross-border infrastructure.
The current process presumes that border infrastructure is not in the national interest unless the President finds otherwise.
There also should be a limited period of time for the government to analyze the environmental and economic implications of a proposal.
Likewise, there should be a presumption that this kind of infrastructure generally serves our national interest. The roads, bridges, and ports that we need Aerial view of the U. Three-fifths of the surface traffic is moved by trucks alone. Canada has had far more than Mexico, many of them decades old. While Mexico has profound security issues that require permanent interaction with the US, Canada has lumber. Much more significant is why the nations approached the US to pursue free trade in the first place.
These institutions conferred certainty to investors that there would not be capricious changes in economic policy or the rules of the game. Mexicans are facing, once more, the clash of two paradigms: Without NAFTA, the new regime, likely a leftist Morena party government, would be free to turn Mexico inwards and backwards in its attempt to recreate the s. In other words, Mexicans are facing, once more, the clash of two paradigms: Every now and then, these different political contexts between Canada and Mexico have led Ottawa to consider going it alone with the US, only to quickly realize that it is the trilateral nature of NAFTA that gives both Canada and Mexico a true fighting chance.
If more evidence of this were required, in a classic divide-and-conquer manoeuvre, Trump recently called for two bilateral trading agreements between the US and Canada and the US and Mexico. Canada and Mexico might be too weak separately to withstand America when it charges head on. An extreme action taken against Mexico might be seen as wholly inappropriate when applied in the US-Canada context, and vice-versa.
By definition, a trilateral pact evens out and moderates power, while a bilateral trade deal would confer immense powers to the already powerful shared neighbour. Above all, should NAFTA disappear, the existing integrated supply chains would lose vitality, something that two separate trade agreements would not protect either.
They will need to engage with ordinary Americans to drive home the fact that the three countries have shared interests, and above all to underscore the contribution that Canada and Mexico make to the wellbeing of US citizens.
All three countries would be much better off if they relearned how to work together. The Canadian Press, by Sean Kilpatrick.