BEYOND BORDERS, BEYOND POLITICS
NASCO Conference features Mexican Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo
MONTERREY, MEXICO, October 25, 2017 – The North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), kicked off its annual tri-national conference in Monterrey today to address issues and discuss solutions to the rapidly changing state of international business and its impact on global trade. Decision-makers come from everywhere, with many delegates from the Mexican states of Nuevo Leon, Michoacán, and Durango, and from the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, British-Columbia and Quebec.
“We were honored to welcome keynote speaker Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Secretary of the Economy, who leads Mexico’s NAFTA negotiation team”, said Tiffany Melvin, NASCO President. “To hold the conference in Monterrey, Mexico was a strategic decision to highlight the talent and vast business resources of the region, including the Tecnológico de Monterrey, one of the most recognized universities in Latin America”.
NASCO is the only grassroots, continental organization focused on the competitiveness of the North American supply chain, workforce and energy independence. The 2017 conference theme is Beyond Borders, Beyond Politics. Decisions about North American business and trade are underway and under a microscope with NAFTA negotiations. “I can’t think of any entity, any business, any manufacturer and any trade that wants to alienate or discharge one of its top three customers”, said Ken Allen, Chairman of NASCO. Canada, Mexico and the United States form the world’s largest free trade area that links 450 million people and represents a $20+ trillion economy. “Successful talks and the modernization of NAFTA are the end game”.
Instead of a “traditional” format, this year’s conference included a number of unique experiences for attendees, including rapid fire sessions and fishbowl networking. Top industry experts updated participants on the North American Supply Chain, Trade Alliances for Economic Prosperity and North America’s Workforce. “This conference clearly shows how North American business partnerships support exports to all corners of the globe and are having a positive impact on all three countries”, said David Crawford, Vice President, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. “NAFTA trade is up 250% since 1993. I call this a success”.
In keeping with the tri-partate country partnership, next year’s conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada in the fall, announced Tiffany Melvin, NASCO President, “We connect North America. We connect people, businesses, ideas, information, efforts and organizations”.