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North American Integration Essential to Renewed U.S. Manufacturing Prowess?

Unlike China or Europe, Mexico and Canada are fundamentally different trading partners to the United States. They more closely resemble side-by-side workers on a common assembly line than transactional buyers and sellers separated by long distances. Working Together argues that enhanced economic integration can help meet the goal of doubled U.S. exports by 2015, sustain jobs throughout North America, and sharpen the region’s competitiveness against other world blocs. At the report’s launch Wednesday, author Chris Wilson of the Mexico Institute also stressed the largely unpublicized benefits Mexico trade poses for interior U.S. districts far from the southern border.

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Feb. 14, 2012
9:00am – 11:00am ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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North American Integration Essential to Renewed U.S. Manufacturing Prowess?

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute hosted a conference on regional approaches to creating jobs and strengthening competitiveness. The event launched a new publication by the institute:Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico.

The event included a keynote address by former USTR Carla Hills, remarks from Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan, the presentation of our new publication, and  an expert panel discussion considering the issue of how to best leverage the U.S.-Mexico relationship to strengthen trade, competitiveness and employment in the United States, Mexico, and throughout the region.


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