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Manufacturers ask leaders to remember industry

Published by Steve Coleman on November 07, 2011

Manufacturing associations representing Canada, the United States and Mexico have reached out to government leaders in all three countries with a reminder in advance of the Nov. 13 North American Leaders Summit in Hawaii.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of Mexico have asked government leaders to remember industry when they meet for discussions ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit.

The exchange between North American leaders will focus on "competitiveness, citizen security, energy and climate change, and North America's role in the Americas as well as in global economic, political, and security issues," the White House said.

Manufacturing associations have asked the Canada, Mexico and the US to issue a joint statement re-iterating their support for freer free trade.

"You have each sent strong signals about the need for a stronger, sustained economic recovery," the three industry statements wrote in their joint statement." We believe that a joint statement from leaders could spur an even more determined and effective approach to revitalizing job growth, by recognizing the key role that manufacturing will play in our economic future. This requires working together to eliminate barriers to competitiveness in our three countries."

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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