Mexico energy reform could create North American powerhouse

May 7, 2014

finance-market_dataHouston Business Journal, 5/7/14

As Mexico prepares to open itself to international energy investment, politicians and energy executives said the move could lead to a strong North American energy collaborative. Mexican energy reform proved a hot topic over the first two days of the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park in Houston with politicians and executives from Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and more touting the possibilities.

Congressman Bill Flores, R-Waco, said the developments should lead to a “regional powerhouse that I think can be stronger than OPEC.” “It’s the dawn of a new day for Mexico,” Flores said May 6.BP America Chairman and CEO John Minge said May 5 at OTC 2014 that he is “excited” about the possibilities in Mexico, particularly in the deepwater offshore as BP (NYSE: BP) rebounds in the Gulf of Mexico.

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John Kerry to John Baird: no Keystone answer yet

January 17, 2014

NAFTACBC News, 01/17/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he still doesn’t have an answer on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline extension, and suggests it won’t be coming any time soon.

Kerry, as well as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, took questions from reporters Friday morning in Washington, with Kerry’s opening remarks stressing the “unity” among the three countries.

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Obama to head to Mexico in February

January 16, 2014

obama_nieto_featureThe Washington Times, 01/13/2014

President Obama will travel to Toluca, Mexico, on Feb. 19 for a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the White House announced Monday.

The gathering of North American leaders will focus on “issues important to the daily lives of all of North America’s people, including economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship, trade and investment and citizen security,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters

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NAFTA at 20: Ready to take off again?

January 9, 2014

120px-North_America_(orthographic_projection).svgThe Economist, 01/04/2014

Pass through the gates of the Bombardier plant in Querétaro and you leave the Mexico of potholed roads and blaring horns behind: welcome to a strangely serene place called North America.

In the car park neat lines of vehicles all face the same way—almost unthinkable elsewhere in Mexico. The factory is run by a woman—ditto. Enter the building where the cockpit, fuselage and tail section of Bombardier’s new eight-seat Learjet 85 business jet are being made and it looks more like a laboratory than a factory.

Technicians with face masks work behind glass in a dust-free room. Instead of metal, layers of carbon fibre cut by laser are moulded and baked in a giant oven to make a seamless fuselage (pictured). There are no pungent, oily smells, no urgent, whining drills, no soul-stirring hammering. It would be the dullest factory visit your correspondent has ever made—were it not for what it says about the future of North America.

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North American Competitiveness: The San Diego Agenda

November 26, 2013

energy- oil pumps 2By Laura Dawson, Christopher Sands, and Duncan Wood

The San Diego Agenda came out of the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference (NACIC) held in San Diego October 27-29, 2013 where Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo and U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker met to discuss “three countries, two borders, one economy.” In this publication, Duncan Wood, Chris Sands and Laura Dawson argue that North American economic integration must be deepened in order to compete more effectively globally.
Read the full publication here.

THIS SUNDAY on Dialogue at the Wilson Center

April 5, 2013

North AmericaAmerica’s Borders North & South

Sunday, April 7th, 10:30 am (EST)

This week on Dialogue at the Wilson Center we present a discussion of America’s borders. We begin with a look northward. Our guest is the director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute David Biette. We also turn our sights south to the U.S.-Mexico border with Christopher Wilson, an associate with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

Watch live stream here.

TV Broadcast: Washington, DC and national.


Trade Between U.S., Mexico at $500 Billion

June 6, 2012

Fronteras, 6/5/12

The final tally came out to $500 billion in goods and services traded between the two countries, according to a paper by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and Arizona State University’s North American Center for Transborder Studies.

Co-author Christopher Wilson says commerce between the U.S. and Mexico has reached a milestone, despite concerns that instability from warring drug cartels would hinder trade.

“It also leads one to ask what would Mexico’s economic growth and foreign investment look like in Mexico if there were not this security situation? And I think the answer is there would be more,” Wilson said.

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NAFTA Partners Deserve Quick Entry into TPP Talks

April 4, 2012

Kezia McKeague, Americas Quarterly , 4/4/12

Assembled in the White House Rose Garden for a joint press conference on Monday, the “three amigos” of North America projected an image of trilateral comity in keeping with the depth of their countries’ relationships.

Yet Mexican President Felipe Calderón and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper departed the one-day North American Leaders’ Summit without a firm commitment from U.S. President Barack Obama on their request to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Buried in the penultimate line of the lengthy joint statement was a coy response: “The United States welcomes Canada’s and Mexico’s interest in joining the TPP as ambitious partners.”

As President Obama acknowledged in the Rose Garden, TPP’s high-standards approach “could be a real model for the world.” Indeed, the goal of the original four TPP members—Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore—was to create a uniquely comprehensive agreement to which like-minded countries on both sides of the Pacific could accede, thus linking Asia and the Americas.

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Obama Hosts Calderon, Harper to Boost N. American Economy

April 2, 2012

Bloomberg-Businessweek, 4/2/12

The top leaders of the U.S., Canada and Mexico hold a trilateral North American Leaders’ Summit at the White House today to thrash out conflicts in energy and regulations to boost economic competitiveness and increase jobs.

President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for talks on economic growth and competitiveness, citizen security against terrorism, energy and climate change, according to the White House.

“There are no relationships in the world more important than our relationships with Mexico and Canada from an economic and security standpoint,” said Robert A. Pastor, director of the Center for North American Studies at American University in Washington. “They are our two largest markets by far.”

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Live Webcast: “Dependent America? How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power”

February 21, 2012

Mexico Institute, 2/21/12

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, in conjunction with the Mexico Institute, is hosting the event “Dependent America? How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power”.

The event begins this morning at 9:00 am, Washington time, and will end at 11:00 am. For your convenience, the event will be webcast live and may be viewed here, at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s website.

In Dependent America?, Stephen Clarkson and Matto Mildenberger explore the extent to which U.S. power is a function of its capacity to mobilize other states’ material and moral support. Dependent America? establishes that Canada and Mexico are the largest of all these foreign determinants of U.S. power, particularly in matters of economic, security, and global affairs. At a time when the challenge to U.S. global hegemony is again on the policy agenda, the book has a message for U.S. policymakers: “do not throttle the goose that lays the golden egg by building security walls that are strangling the United States’ most productive foreign economic relationship.”


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