North American Competitiveness Work Plan (NACW)

On May 2, 2016, International Trade Minister Freeland, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo met in Washington, D.C., and endorsed the 2016 NACW that includes fourteen initiatives to improve supply chain efficiency, enhance innovation and economic development, and undertake stakeholder consultation and outreach.

North American businesses increasingly rely on integrated North American supply chains to enhance their efficiency in the face of global competition. The North American Competitiveness Work Plan (NACW) is a road map for cooperation by Canada, Mexico and the United States in pursuing innovation and economic development, greater supply chain efficiency, and stakeholder consultation and outreach. The 2016 Work Plan includes new initiatives for woman entrepreneurs, clean-energy partnerships, collaboration on patents and on cybersecurity, and new connections among our communities to promote economic development.

How did the North American Competitiveness Work Plan get started?

In October 2013, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Mexico’s Secretary of Economy agreed to develop a road map to promote prosperity across North America and to strengthen the region’s position as the most competitive in the world. In February 2014, at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Toluca, Mexico, leaders endorsed the development of a Work Plan to advance North American global competitiveness. The 2016 North American Competitiveness Work Plan is the latest iteration of this exercise.

What is the Scope of the 2016 North American Competitiveness Work Plan?

The 2016 Work Plan includes 14 trilateral initiatives under three pillars:

Supply Chain Efficiency

  • Trilateral Trusted Traveler Agreement
  • North American Measure of Trade in Value Added (TiVA)
  • Cooperation on Standards
  • Single Window Border Facilitation
  • North American Clean Energy Partnership Initiative

Innovation & Economic Development

  • North American Patent Prosecution Highway Collaboration
  • North American Cluster Asset Mapping
  • Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE)
  • Women Entrepreneurship
  • Connecting Local Governments
  • Internationalizing SMEs

Stakeholder Consultation & Outreach

  • Public-Private Dialogue on North America
  • Communications Collaboration
  • Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Commercial Sector 

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