CME Welcomes North American Leaders' Commitment to Open Trade, Regulatory Cooperation and Integrated Approach to Product Safety, Yet Urges More Results

    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
welcomes Prime Minister Harper's closing statement to the North American
Leaders' Summit pronounced earlier today. "The leaders' joint commitment to a
secure border that remains open to trade is critical for the competitiveness
of the integrated North American economy and Canada's prosperity", says CME
President Jayson Myers.
    CME welcomes the priority that was placed on enhancing North America's
global competitiveness, ensuring the safety of products entering North America
and facilitating the safe and secure movement of goods and people. The
announcement of a new Regulatory Cooperation Framework is a positive step
towards reducing business costs on the continent and strengthening North
America's competitiveness. CME also hopes that greater cooperation on product
safety will be a basis on which to build a perimeter approach to product
standards. "Adopting a perimeter approach to product safety should ultimately
allow our countries to focus resources at inspecting products entering our
continent rather than at the Canada-U.S. border", says Myers.
    "With these meetings now over, everyone's priority should be to take
action and follow up on those declarations", adds Myers. CME looks forward to
working with the Canadian government in making the Regulatory Cooperation
Framework and the common product safety approach successful initiatives.
    CME also supports the recommendations issued by the North American
Competitiveness Council in its report to leaders and urges more government
action, especially on issues such as the suspension of the land preclearance
pilot project, the failure to remove the United States Animal and Plant
Inspection Service (APHIS) fee and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative's
(WHTI) likely consequences on costs and border delays. "Much progress remains
to be done to make sure that inefficient regulations and border-processing
requirements don't undermine North America's competitive advantage", concludes

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's largest industry and trade
association. Its members account for 75% of Canada's industrial output and 90%
of Canadian exports.

For further information:

For further information: Jean Michel Laurin, CME, (613) 238-8888 ext.

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