Minister Fast and Secretary Pritzker Highlight Commitment to Beyond the Border Action Plan

Photo (left to right): Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ivo H. Daalder, President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Minister Fast speak to stakeholders at the CCGA event "US-Canada: A Shared Vision of Economic Competitiveness."


January 17, 2014 - Chicago, Illinois - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets with Penny Pritzker, United States Secretary of Commerce, to discuss their shared commitment to the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

During their meeting, Minister Fast and Secretary Pritzker discussed how the United States and Canada must continue to accelerate efforts on regulatory cooperation to maximize competitiveness globally. They also discussed future plans for engaging stakeholders to address impediments to cross-border business.

The Minister and the Secretary also discussed plans to develop, in collaboration with Mexican officials, a “North American Agenda” that would promote competitiveness and innovation during 2014, the 20th anniversary of NAFTA.

Minister Fast, along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, is in Chicago today to discuss the productive commercial relationship between Canada and the United States and to advance the Beyond the Border Action Plan. In addition, the Minister is holding a number of high-level private and public sector meetings to advocate for Canadian business and encourage U.S. investments in Canada.

For more information, please see Minister Fast Visits Chicago.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
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