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Statement by The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, on the announcement of an agreement on trade facilitation during the Bali Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO):
“The WTO trade facilitation agreement will simplify customs procedures and reduce the costs of trade, which will in turn boost economic growth and create jobs. The agreement will improve the efficiency of global supply chains, and as a result, the benefits to the world economy could be as high as $1 trillion.
“After 12 years of negotiations, the Doha Round remains stalled while regional agreements are flourishing. Given that multilateral rules are the foundation for global trade, I remain very concerned at the lack of progress. This trade facilitation agreement is a promising first step, but more must be done at the WTO to improve the multilateral trade rules that underpin Canada’s commercial relations with the rest of the world.”
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country. Its member companies collectively employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for most of Canada’s private sector investments, exports, … Read more »
Business leaders highlight Canada’s poor performance in international surveys of skills and education outcomes
Canada urgently needs a strategy to arrest the country’s declining performance in international surveys of skills and education outcomes, says The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“It’s time to stop congratulating ourselves on the quality of our primary, secondary and post-secondary education systems, and face up to the fact that Canada’s performance in international rankings is getting worse, not better,” he said.
The CCCE is Canada’s senior business association, representing the CEOs and entrepreneurs of 150 leading enterprises in all sectors and regions of the country.
In an address to the Canadian Club of Toronto marking the launch of a major new CCCE initiative –“Taking Action for Canada: Jobs and Skills for the 21st Century” – Mr. Manley cited several recent reports that raise questions about the extent to which Canada is preparing its citizens for success in the knowledge-based economy.
For example, an extensive study conducted in 2012 and published last month by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that Canadians aged 16 to 24 rank below average in both literacy and numeracy compared to their peers in 23 other developed countries and regions.
The study, … Read more »
Statement by The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, at the Government of Canada’s launch of the Global Markets Action Plan:
“With one in five Canadian jobs linked to exports, promoting Canadian commercial interests abroad is critical to our competitiveness and prosperity. The Global Markets Action Plan aligns Canada’s trade promotion resources to help Canadian companies take advantage of opportunities in high-growth emerging markets and traditional markets of strength. By identifying economic diplomacy as a key to advancing Canadian commercial interests, the federal government is ensuring Canadian companies have the support to succeed abroad.”
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country. Its member companies collectively employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for most of Canada’s private sector investments, exports, workplace training and research and development.… Read more »
Business leaders urge Canadian and U.S. governments to accelerate progress on border efficiency and regulatory cooperation
After two years of disappointingly modest progress, the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives urgently need a strong push by the two governments, says The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
In advance of a meeting today with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and an exchange with 100 Canadian and U.S. business leaders in Detroit, Mr. Manley voiced concern that an historic opportunity to make border clearance and regulatory processes more efficient and predictable is slipping away.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives during a meeting at the White House in December 2011. The overall goal was to promote economic growth, job creation and competitiveness by streamlining cross-border travel and trade.
During 2012, the two governments took several preliminary steps toward that goal, including: the launch of a pre-clearance pilot project for rail cargo en route to the United States; enhancements to the NEXUS border program for pre-approved travelers; and the issuance of a Presidential order aimed at reducing unnecessary regulatory differences between the two countries.
Unfortunately, Mr. Manley said, the rate of progress since then has been disappointing. There … Read more »
Although in-depth assessments of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will take time, early indications are that Canada has achieved significant gains in market access to the world’s largest economy, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) says.
“For Canadian consumers, companies and workers, the overall impact appears extremely positive,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE. “Until we see the final text it will be impossible to quantify the full benefits. But today’s announcement points to an ambitious, far-reaching agreement that will boost economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunities across the board, in virtually every sector.”
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.
When ratified, the agreement will give Canadian exporters privileged access to a market of more than 500 million consumers, spread across 28 countries and representing one-fifth of global economic activity.
CETA is Europe’s first comprehensive trade agreement with a Western developed country. That will give Canadian companies a significant “first mover” advantage over their rivals elsewhere. The United States is hoping to reach a similar economic partnership with Europe, … Read more »
Canada’s business leaders welcome today’s announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that his government will soon wrap up talks on a wide-ranging trade agreement with the European Union, the world’s largest economy.
Speaking to his Conservative Party caucus this morning, the Prime Minister signaled that Canada’s international trade priorities will feature prominently in this afternoon’s Speech from the Throne, which will outline the government’s agenda for the next two years.
“A strong and ambitious trade agenda continues to be at the core of this government’s strategy for jobs and economic growth,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. “After four years of negotiations, we are heartened by the Prime Minister’s assurance that negotiations are close to complete on the Canada-EU Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). On both sides of the Atlantic, the CETA will create jobs, spur investment and promote economic growth.”
As with every bilateral trade agreement, neither side will get everything it wants, Mr. Manley predicted. But he reiterated what he told business leaders in a speech in Dublin last month: “Narrow issues – whose economic value is arguably marginal in the context of this trade agreement – should … Read more »
North American CEOs urge U.S., Canadian and Mexican heads of state to strengthen regional economic competitiveness
Business Leaders Detail Recommendations on Intelligent Border Systems, Greater Regulatory Cooperation and North American Energy Security
Today, members of the Business Roundtable, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios (CMHN) released a set of policy recommendations aimed at increasing North American economic integration and competitiveness. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, the organizations detailed three priority areas for action: intelligent border systems; greater regulatory cooperation; and North American energy security and sustainability.
The organizations wrote:
“… [W]hile the North American marketplace has grown significantly over the last two decades and trade and investment among our countries is healthy and growing, our companies continue to face obstacles to doing business across and within our borders. We are concerned that these obstacles inhibit the competitiveness of our companies and workers who sell goods and services to one another and who make products together that we sell in the global marketplace.
“… More can and should be done to promote regulatory cooperation between our three countries, to facilitate the legitimate movement of people, goods and services throughout the North American market, … Read more »
At a time of weak economic growth across the European Union (EU), signing a comprehensive free trade agreement with Canada should be a top priority for EU leaders, says The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
Speaking to business leaders in Dublin this morning, Mr. Manley delivered a forceful pitch for the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), insisting that “time is running out” on the negotiations and that failure to reach an agreement soon would damage the EU’s credibility in international trade talks.
“My organization has taken a leading role in advocating for CETA in Canada,” Mr. Manley told members of the Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce and the Ireland Canada Business Association.
“We have urged both sides to make the necessary compromises to conclude an agreement. But it takes two to tango, and right now what we are hearing from the EU side is that the negotiators are not feeling much pressure from European governments to reach a deal.”
“If that’s the case, they are making a huge mistake. The EU needs this deal. It’s one thing to start negotiations, but it’s another thing to finish … Read more »
The Canadian Council of Chief Executives welcomes the meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. Japan is Canada’s fourth largest export market for a large diversity of goods and services. Two-way merchandise trade is valued at over $25 billion. Canada and Japan are two of the 12 countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and, separately, are also working towards concluding a bilateral agreement that will enhance trade and investment among TPP partners.
Japan is a critical source of job-creating investment in Canada and represents a sophisticated market for a vast array of Canadian products. “There is huge opportunity to expand Canada’s energy exports to Japan,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE. “Canadian business is very pleased to see Japan participate in the TPP negotiations, as well as in our bilateral Canada-Japan EPA negotiations. The Canadian Council of Chief Executives strongly supports an ambitious outcome to both negotiations.”
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.… Read more »
The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) today welcomed the announcement by TransCanada Corporation that it has lined up sufficient customers for its proposed Energy East pipeline and will now move to the next stage of development of the project.
“Canada’s business leaders recognize the need to strengthen and expand the country’s energy infrastructure in order to take full advantage of the economic potential represented by Canada’s diverse array of energy assets,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE.
“The Energy East project can be an important addition to that national landscape. Modern and high quality pipelines, electricity transmission lines and other infrastructure are critical to ensuring that Canadians have access to reliable and affordable energy, to strengthening the nation’s energy security, and to expanding our export opportunities.”… Read more »