By Pedro Aspe, William F. Weld John P. Manley
Within the 11 years because the North American unfastened alternate contract (NAFTA) took impact, the continent has passed through significant differences: financial and social integration has speeded up, due largely to NAFTA, and 9-11 uncovered the vulnerabilities of integration. All this happened within the absence of latest modes of governance or collaboration, making protection and integration extra very important but in addition extra tenuous. Tri-national collaboration is vital to make sure local prosperity and defense. during this vital document, a individual staff of Canadian, Mexican, and American specialists discover key matters that require extra cooperation at the continent--including economics, regulatory coverage, safety, the constructing hole, and tri-national institutions--and deals a imaginative and prescient for the connection one of the 3 nations for the subsequent ten years. The record recommends a unmarried financial house that expands financial chance for everybody within the zone, and the institution of a safety quarter that protects the sector from exterior threats whereas facilitating the valid passage of products, humans, and capital. Containing French, Spanish, and English texts in one quantity, making a North American group is an important consultant to attainable futures for Canada, Mexico, and the U.S..
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Washington’s two neighbors are its biggest suppliers of energy. The production of oil and natural gas on the continent is not keeping up with the growth in demand. Although North American production of oil and gas has been declining, both Canada and Mexico have the potential to develop growing supplies both for their own direct use and for export. These two countries, however, have distinct approaches to the development of energy and other natural resources that must be taken into account in the process of mapping the best path forward for North America.
The defense of North America must also consist of a more intense level of cooperation among security personnel of the three countries, both within North America and beyond the physical boundaries of the continent. The Container Security Initiative, for example, launched by the UnitedStates inthe wake of 9/11, involves theuse of intelligence, analysis, and inspection of containers not at the border but at a growing number of overseas ports from which goods are shipped. The ultimate goal is to provide screening of all containers destined for any port in North America, so that once unloaded from ships, containers may cross land borders within the region without the need for further inspections.
Expand trinational collaboration on conservation and innovation. The development of new technologies and conservation strategies is essential both to reduce pollution and to make the most of North America’s resource strengths. Currently, the North American Energy Working Group addresses only a limited number of energy-related opportunities for collaboration. Future initiatives should focus on development of desalination technologies, alternative energy sources, cleaner burning fuels, and more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles.
Building a North American Community. Report of an Independent Task Force by Pedro Aspe, William F. Weld John P. Manley