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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 »
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 »
Federal budget will improve skills training, but developing modern and efficient labour markets requires ongoing commitment, business leaders say
OTTAWA – The 2013-2014 federal budget includes a number of measures to address Canada’s labour market requirements, but much more needs to be done at all levels of society to ensure that skill shortages do not choke economic growth, according to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has put his finger squarely on the problem: far too many well-paid jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right skills,” said The Honourable John Manley, the CCCE’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
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.
“Companies across the country, in sectors ranging from energy and natural resources to construction, manufacturing and services, are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit employees with the right qualifications,” Mr. Manley said. “It’s a problem today, and if left unchecked it will only get worse, undermining opportunities for Canadian workers and contributing to slower economic growth.”
In today’s budget, Mr. Flaherty pledged: new funding for businesses to train unemployed and under-employed workers; expanded support for apprentices; more internships for recent post-secondary graduates; and increased assistance for … Read more »
In the 12 months since the launch of the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border and Joint Regulatory Cooperation initiatives, the two governments have achieved solid progress in several important areas, Canada’s business leaders say.
“By helping to streamline cross-border travel and trade, these initiatives are promoting economic growth, job creation and competitiveness,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). 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.
Mr Manley was commenting on the release of two progress reports, one dealing with the Canada-U.S. Border Action Plan and the other on the Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Action Plan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the two plans during a meeting at the White House in December 2011.
Today’s reports offer a range of examples of progress in improving cross-border travel and commerce, including:
- The launch of a pilot project under which Canadian border guards screen international shipments at the Port of Prince Rupert for cargo destined to the United States by rail, without the requirement for a second inspection on the U.S.
Today, members of Business Roundtable (BRT), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), and Mexico’s Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios (CMHN) issued a joint statement following a dynamic meeting in Washington focused on North American competitiveness, trade, and energy issues of common interest.
“BRT, CMHN and CCCE have a long history of working together to strengthen the beneficial economic ties among our respective nations. While the North American market is huge, and trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States is healthy and growing, we need to seek ways to make our market more globally competitive.
“Over the past two decades, growth in North American trade and investment has promoted regional, cross-border supply chains that have benefited the United States, Canada and Mexico alike. However, at a time of major change in the global economy, our organizations believe it is essential that we continue to enhance the ability of U.S., Canadian and Mexican companies and workers to compete internationally.
“Our organizations endorse Mexico’s and Canada’s joining the United States and eight other Pacific Rim nations in the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The TPP will not only help strengthen North American economic ties, but also holds the promise … Read more »
Aboriginal peoples must be true partners in resource and energy projects, and Canadian companies should work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to help them realize the benefits of economic development, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) says in a new report.
“Many of Canada’s richest resource and energy assets are found near Aboriginal communities,” says the report, copies of which were sent to all Canadian premiers and territorial leaders in advance of their meeting in Halifax later this month. Titled Framing an Energy Strategy for Canada, the submission offers a series of recommendations for a Canadian energy strategy.
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canadian business, representing the CEOs and entrepreneurs of 150 leading companies.
In its submission to the premiers, the CCCE acknowledges that Aboriginal peoples have “legitimate concerns” about major resource developments, “including implications for land claims, the impact on their communities and way of life, as well as on the land, air and water around them.”
At the same time, the report says that energy and other resource development projects can provide native communities with a wide array of benefits, such revenue-sharing agreements, equity interests, improved employment opportunities, training and service contracts … Read more »
Comments by The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, on today’s announcement of the construction of a second bridge linking Detroit and Windsor:
“The trade relationship between Canada and the United States is unparalleled in the world. In 2010, bilateral trade reached $645 billion. Fully a quarter of that trade enters or leaves Canada at the Detroit-Windsor crossing. Commercial traffic in that corridor is expected to triple in the next three decades. Today’s announcement of the planned construction of a second bridge is a major step forward for our bilateral trading relationship, and will mean faster, more reliable border crossings. Today our supply chains are so highly integrated that it is more accurate to speak of products as being ‘Made in North America’ rather than simply Canada or the United States. This much-anticipated second bridge will help companies that rely on just-in-time production to keep costs down and improve their competitiveness. The construction of the new bridge and the business that will stem from it will support and create thousands of new jobs in both countries. Though a great deal of work remains before this goal is realized, today’s announcement by Prime Minister … Read more »
The Joint Action Plan announced today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama contains an impressive range of practical, targeted measures that will speed up legitimate trade and travel across the Canada-U.S. border, create jobs and strengthen economic growth, according to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
“For companies, workers, and travellers, this plan represents solid progress toward a smarter, more efficient Canada-U.S. border,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE. “It will break down barriers to trade, reduce costs and improve the flow of goods and people between our two countries.”
The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs from all major sectors and regions of the country.
“The Canada-U.S. partnership is crucial to both countries,” Mr. Manley said. “By improving border management and aligning regulatory standards for a range of products and sectors, the Action Plan will significantly improve the economic environment in Canada and the United States, promote job creation and encourage new business investment.”
Of equal importance, Mr. Manley said, the Action Plan creates a framework for further progress in years ahead, both in terms of border management … Read more »
Comments by The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, on the conclusion of this week’s annual meeting of energy ministers in Kananaskis, AB:
“Federal, provincial and territorial ministers have taken an important step forward in recognizing a shared energy vision for Canada and agreeing to work together to maximize the potential of Canada’s diverse energy resources.
“The priorities they identified for further collaboration are the right ones, including the need to make regulatory processes more efficient, transparent and timely. This is critical to ensure that major energy projects that will benefit all Canadians proceed on a timely basis.
“We were pleased to see broad agreement on the need for Canada to seek out new export opportunities for our energy resources, to encourage more public-private sector cooperation in the development of innovative energy technologies, and to improve the resiliency of the country’s electricity transmission infrastructure.
“A national energy strategy cannot be accomplished in one meeting. Business leaders across the country look forward to seeing meaningful progress on these priorities by the time Canada’s energy ministers meet again next year.”
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