October 1, 2018        

PNWER APPLAUDS THE UPDATED NAFTA - USMC AGREEMENT

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region commends the US, Canada, and Mexico on reaching a trilateral trade agreement that includes all three nations. PNWER applauds the efforts of trade negotiators in working tirelessly to finalize a deal, bringing certainty to our integrated supply chains in the region.

Larry Doke, Member of the Legislative Assembly from Saskatchewan and President of PNWER said, “This is good for the economy of the region, and I commend the negotiators for coming to an agreement. Our integrated supply chains and investment depend upon certainty, which this new agreement brings.”

“I’m excited that we have Canada included in this deal, and I think the agreement enhances free and fair trade for North America. Canada has long been our largest trading partner, good friend, and staunch ally. This is a good day for all of us in the Pacific Northwest, and this agreement will enhance our economy throughout the region.”, said Rep. Mike Cuffe, Vice President of PNWER from Montana.




PNWER recognizes the importance of the relationship between the US and Canada, the largest trading relationship in the world. Almost $2 billion in trade crosses the US-Canada border every day, and this agreement will greatly enhance our competitiveness in world markets. PNWER encourages the leaders of all three nations to sign the agreement, and then Congress and the legislative bodies of Mexico and Canada to carefully consider and vote to implement the new agreement in a timely fashion.

Timeline and next steps:  https://ustr.gov/Congressional-Timeline-TPP
USMC Agreement Discussion at PNWER Economic Leadership Forum
The new USMC Agreement will be a topic of discussion at the PNWER Economic Leadership Forum being held November 13-15 in Whitehorse, Yukon. For further details on the Forum including agenda and registration, visit our website .
ABOUT PNWER
The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a public/private organization created by statute in 1991. Member jurisdictions include Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington, and the Canadian provinces and territories of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. PNWER's mission is to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region; identify and promote "models of success;" and serve as a conduit to exchange information. For more information on PNWER, visit www.pnwer.org