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North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference

'Three nations, two borders -- one economy'

The North American trade relationship is one of the most important catalysts for economic growth in the United States, Canada and Mexico — representing a $1.2 trillion economic relationship among the three countries. The North American Free Trade Agreement countries have established a thriving commercial dialogue that allows businesses in all three countries to maintain an increasing flow of goods and services throughout the continent, as well as globally. Enhancing this relationship is, therefore, the key to fostering trilateral competitiveness and innovation.

On the advent of NAFTA’s 20th anniversary, the conference will focus on identifying solutions to challenges impeding competitiveness and innovation and identifying priorities such as: defining a North American vision for the future; transportation and supply chain solutions for cross-border trade; enhancing North American tourism; public/private partnership opportunities; fostering innovation and competitiveness in the aerospace, biotechnology, energy, and automotive industries; and identifying cross-border economic development and job creation strategies.

In conjunction with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce, this international conference will gather leaders and innovators from throughout North America to define strategies and execute initiatives to create jobs and enhance economic growth. Participants will include government officials, thought-leaders, academics, pioneers in the business community and representatives from civil society and international organizations. The invited keynote speakers include:

-Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce of the United States;

-Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy of Mexico;

-James Moore, Minister of Industry of Canada;

Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

The event is scheduled Oct. 27-30, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

The first day will include a reception and networking opportunities. The second day will feature a CEO panel and plenary sessions to highlight best practices for increasing competitiveness.

The final day will feature a mayoral and a gubernatorial panel, which will discuss strengthening cross-border collaborations.

Two optional tours will be provided on the 30th: one of research and development institutes and universities in San Diego, and the other of Tijuana to visit maquiladoras, which will highlight global competiveness and profitability in the global marketplace.

For more information or to register for the event, visit northamericanconf.com.

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