Ontario premier discusses importance of cross-border trade with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
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Toronto, Sep 16 (Canadian-Media): Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Washington, D.C., U.S. last week to discuss with productive dialogue as the third round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- which came into effect on January 1, 1994, creating the largest free trade region in the world aiming to raise the standard of living for the people of all three member countries -- negotiations was approaching, media reports said.
Wynne was reported to say that the focus of their conversation was the importance of cross-border trade in creating jobs, delivering benefits to workers, businesses and consumers and she brought forward the issue about the dependency of families in more than 260 communities across our province on forestry and paper sectors and added,
"Secretary Ross and I also discussed the opportunities presented by a renewed NAFTA -- one that reflects our fast-paced, innovation-driven global business climate. I also expressed Ontario's confidence in the three countries' ability to reach, a deal that will benefit people and businesses across North America."
Wilbur Ross: Facebook
While in Washington, Wynne said she had the honour to deliver the 2017-2018 Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture at Johns Hopkins University.
Wynne continued to say that she had shared a clear message with U.S. partners in the past few months considering both Ontario and the U.S. have many common goals, and free trade and open borders enabling success in the partnership.
She said that over the past eight months she had met and spoken with dozens of governors, senators, members of Congress and members of state assemblies and added,
"Every one of them has agreed that North America works best when we work together...but as provinces and states we too have a voice and a key advocacy role to play...and will continue to engage with partners across North America to advocate for free trade and cross-border partnership and said that she remained confident that a renewed NAFTA will "continue to support good jobs and economic growth here in Ontario and we remain committed to making sure that people and businesses across the province have every possible opportunity to get ahead."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)