(Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce)
The leaders of 25 metropolitan chambers of commerce from Canada, the United States and Mexico gathered in Montreal today in anticipation of the next round of NAFTA negotiations. The goal of this meeting was to clearly identify the issues surrounding the renewal of NAFTA, to understand the risks for businesses in the event of the current negotiations’ failure, and especially to send a clear message to the three governments on the importance of an updated agreement and maintaining open access to the entire North American market.
This event brought together the eight largest Canadian metropolitan chambers of commerce as well as ten American and eight Mexican metropolitan chambers of commerce. Collectively, these chambers represent economic zones with a combined GDP of almost USD 3.5 trillion.
At the end of this meeting, all chambers present signed a joint statement stressing the importance of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement for the economies of the three countries and their cities. Click here to read more.