The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, Program on America and the Global Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
A Beyond the Border Initiative Discussion
Robert Carberry, assistant secretary, Regulatory Cooperation Council Secretariat, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Alex T. Hunt, branch chief, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
Adam Schlosser, senior manager, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation
and Stakeholder Response Panel with
David Adams, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada
Gene Eckhart, NEMA
Michael Fitzpatrick, General Electric
Kelly Johnston, Campbell’s Soup
Brian Read, XL Foods
To strengthen the world’s largest trading relationship, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plan on December 7, 2011. The Action Plan lays out clear goals designed to enhance the already integrated economies and supply chains of Canada and the United States, aiming to align rules and regulations in four key sectors: agriculture and food, health and consumer products, transportation, and the environment. More importantly, the Action Plan set a two year timeframe to achieve greater alignment. Six months ago, the United States and Canada met with stakeholders over two days to solicit input for the 29 sector-specific initiatives.
The Canada Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomes Robert Carberry and Alex Hunt to discuss the Action Plan following its six month anniversary, providing updates on the initiatives’ progress towards meeting the two year objective, and also answering stakeholder questions. Carberry and Hunt will address what milestones have been achieved, what challenges have been encountered, and how the various parties are working together to ensure that the Action Plan meets its ambitious goals and assure the continued growth and streamlining of trade between Canada and the United States.