Webinar: North American competitiveness

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

WASHINGTON — On December 12, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute will welcome the George W. Bush Institute to present their latest North America Competitiveness Scorecard at a critical time in the NAFTA negotiations.

The Bush Institute’s analysis compares the competitiveness of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with other major countries and trade groupings.

The latest Scorecard shows that together, Canada, Mexico and the United States outperform the world’s other major trading blocs. The Scorecard also analyzes the economic performance of the North American nations, and finds that the United States and its neighbors have grown faster, created more jobs and traded more with the rest of the world than their major competitors since NAFTA was enacted.

Congressman Will Hurd will keynote the North American Competitiveness Scorecard discussion. Matthew Rooney, George W. Bush Institute director for economic growth, will present the latest scorecard data and findings.

David Wilkins, former U.S. ambassador to Canada and partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, will moderate a discussion with Tiffany Melvin, president of the North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO); Laura Dawson, director of the Canada Institute; and Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute.

“As the NAFTA re-negotiations continue, we are pleased to partner with the George W. Bush Institute for what promises to be a nonpartisan, informative and thoughtful discussion about the advantages of regional economic integration and the areas where we can strengthen our competiveness,” notes Dawson.

According to Rooney, “NAFTA is criticized for somehow harming the United States economy, but our analysis suggests that the U.S. economy has experienced steady economic growth, job creation and expansion of international trade since NAFTA was signed. The data we have collected suggests that the American approach to regional integration has been an effective strategy for encouraging innovation and promoting global competitiveness.”

The event will be live-streamed at https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/north-american-competitiveness-and-the-future-the-nafta from 8 am to 10 am on December 12.