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Measures in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America


The Prime Minister's Office announced the following measures included in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America to trump public right and the sovereign right of the Canadian and Mexican peoples to independence and their right to be, and to reinforce monopoly right in the United States:

"We will establish a common approach to security to protect North America ... We will work to enhance North American competitiveness ... Improve productivity through regulatory cooperation to generate growth ... Promote sectoral collaboration in energy, transportation, financial services, technology, and other areas to facilitate business ... Create a safer and more reliable food supply while facilitating agricultural trade ... Develop and implement a North American bioprotection strategy to assess, prevent, protect, detect, and respond to intentional, as well as applicable naturally occurring threats to public health and the food and agriculture system. ... Develop and implement a strategy to enhance North American maritime transportation and port security.... Develop and implement a strategy to establish equivalent approaches to aviation security for North America.... Develop and implement a comprehensive North American strategy for combating transnational threats to the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including terrorism, organized crime, illegal drugs, migrant and contraband smuggling and trafficking.... Enhance partnerships on intelligence related to North American security.... Develop and implement a common approach to critical infrastructure protection, and response to cross-border terrorist incidents and, as applicable, natural disasters.... To enhance the competitive position of North American industries in the global marketplace ... lower costs for North American businesses, producers, and consumers and maximize trade in goods and services across our borders by striving to ensure compatibility of regulations and standards and eliminating redundant testing and certification requirements.... Strengthen regulatory cooperation, including at the onset of the regulatory process, to minimize barriers.... Sectoral Collaboration to Facilitate Business ... Explore new approaches to enhance the competitiveness of North American industries by promoting greater cooperation in sectors such as autos, steel, and other sectors identified through consultations.... Strengthen North America's energy markets by working together, according to our respective legal frameworks, to increase reliable energy supplies for the region's needs and development, by facilitating investment in energy infrastructure, technology improvements, production and reliable delivery of energy; by enhancing cooperation to identify and utilize best practices, and to streamline and update regulations.... Improve the safety and efficiency of North America's transportation system by expanding market access, facilitating multimodal corridors, reducing congestion, and alleviating bottlenecks at the border ... expand air services agreements, increase airspace capacity, initiate an Aviation Safety Agreement process, pursue smart border information technology initiatives, ensure compatibility of regulations and standards in areas such as statistics, motor carrier and rail safety, and working with responsible jurisdictions, develop mechanisms for enhanced road infrastructure planning, including an inventory of border transportation infrastructure in major corridors and public-private financing instruments for border projects.... Work towards the freer flow of capital and the efficient provision of financial services throughout North America ... facilitate cross-border electronic access to stock exchanges ... further collaboration on training programs for bank, insurance and securities regulators and supervisors, seek ways to improve convenience and cost of insurance coverage for carriers engaged in cross border commerce.... Stimulate and accelerate cross-border technology trade by preventing unnecessary barriers from being erected ... agree on mutual recognition of technical requirements for telecommunications equipment, tests and certification; adopt a framework of common principles for e-commerce.... strengthen our cooperation in the development of human capital in North America, including by expanding partnerships in higher education, science, and technology.... Lower the transaction costs of trade in goods by liberalizing the requirements for obtaining duty-free treatment under NAFTA, including through the reduction of 'rules of origin' costs on goods traded between our countries. Each country should have in place procedures to allow speedy implementation of rules of origin modifications.... Increase competitiveness by exploring additional supply chain options, such as by rationalizing minor differences in external tariffs, consistent with multilateral negotiation strategies.... Identify measures to facilitate further the movement of businesspersons within North America and discuss ways to reduce taxes and other charges residents face when returning from other North American countries.... Enhance water quality by working bilaterally, trilaterally and through existing regional bodies such as the International Boundary and Water Commission and the International Joint Commission.... Develop complementary strategies for oceans stewardship by emphasizing an ecosystem approach, coordinating and integrating existing marine managed areas, and improving fisheries management.... Creating a Safer and More Reliable Food Supply while Facilitating Agricultural Trade ... Pursue common approaches to enhanced food safety ... Enhance laboratory coordination ... Increase cooperation in the development of regulatory policy related to the agricultural biotechnology sectors in Canada, Mexico and the United States, through the work of the North American Biotechnology Initiative (NABI).... Building upon cooperative efforts under the International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use, work towards the identification and adoption of best practices relating to the registration of medicinal products."



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