Readout of the Meeting Between Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, and United States Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

September 26, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in Washington, D.C. This was their first face-to-face meeting.

Minister Fast and Secretary Pritzker took stock of the progress made to date, and committed to continued strong bilateral work in the future regarding the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plans. Announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama, these two initiatives focus on enhancing our two countries’ mutual security, prosperity and economic competitiveness by increasing regulatory alignment and efficiency at the border.

Thirty-eight U.S. states count Canada as their top export destination. With more than $1.4 million in goods and services crossing the border every minute through highly integrated supply chains, good jobs and greater prosperity for Americans and Canadians depend on our strong trade relationship.

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Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
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rudy.husny@international.gc.ca

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