USCIB was an organizational sponsor for the National Governor Association (NGA) North American Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was held May 4-6. USCIB Vice President for Investment Policy and Financial Services Shaun Donnelly represented USCIB at the weekend event. The NGA welcomed Mexican Governors and Canadian provincial premiers to the North American Summit, which focused on strengthening North American economic integration and competitiveness in today’s and tomorrow’s global economy.
“The good news is that governors, across the three nations of North America, get it!” said Donnelly. “Open trade and investment gets broad bipartisan support across the political spectrum of governors and premiers. They welcome trade and investment and they welcome business comments and recommendations at these sessions. Obviously, NAFTA, and the on-going negotiations to update that key agreement, were key areas of discussion.”
Business speakers from the three countries were united in urging governors across all three countries, particularly in the U.S., to be strong advocates for a strong updated NAFTA with their national governments at this key moment in the negotiations.
USCIB member company representatives were also present and active at the NGA Summit with UPS, Walmart, and Squire Patton Boggs executives among the formal speakers/panelists to the Governors; CenturyLink was another active participant in the corridors. Former Canadian Foreign Minister Perrin Beatty, CEO of USCIB’s Canadian counterpart organization the Canadian Chamber was another clear pro-NAFTA, pro-business panelist in his presentation to the assembled governors.
Donnelly commented, “I come away from this NGA weekend with some key governors from across North America very encouraged that they really understand and support NAFTA and importance of an integrated, competitive North American economy/marketplace going forward. At this trilateral Summit, I saw none of the partisanship and anti-trade grand-standing we see so much of in Washington these days. The coming weeks will be critical for the fate of NAFTA and America’s governors, of wither party, can be important allies in convincing the Administration and, then down the road, the Congress to do the right thing…….and not to do the wrong thing on NAFTA.”