Since 2007, Québec has been a member of the North American Strategy for Competiveness (NASCO) which promotes the competitiveness of the North American economies and commerce. This grass-roots organization comprises of a tri-national membership that primarily focuses on the collaboration of freight, energy and commercial trade networks.
Within NASCO, there are four councils that prioritize different sectors that influence and strengthen the economies of North America and they are as follows: Supply Chain Council, Workforce Council, and the Energy Council, and the North American Neighborhood. In addition, there are also various focus groups that form in relevance with current priorities and this year they were: Mexico, Universities, and Federal Governments.
Topics this year ranged in subjects and participation with an example such as the “North American Fireside Chat” which included, the prime ministers of Ontario and Alberta, Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, and the Mexican representatives of San Luis Potosi.
During the 2019 edition which took place between the 19th and 21st of September, the NASCO program focus on themes that pertained to the international priorities of Québec which consist of free trade, investment, and innovation. All of these sectors highlighted the benefits of strong economic relations between Canada, the United States, and Mexico by emphasizing the fluidity of exchange and access to the market for each member.
In order to display Québec’s important role in the trilateral partnership, the Delegation of Québec in Chicago and the Office of Québec in Houston invited various leaders of enterprises to demonstrate and speak about Québec. The Delegation of Québec in Chicago was delighted to welcome the President and CEO of CAI Global in Montréal, Marc Beauchamp, and the CEO of Propulsion Québec, Sarah Houde, to speak at the 2019 edition of NASCO.
The importance of representing Québec within NASCO is of extreme importance since this provides an opportunity to further connect and present new ideas in the sectors of economy and commerce. The cooperation and dedication within partnership shows signs of a brighter future built on interdependence between all the members involved. Thus, thank you to everybody who represented Québec to our partners within NASCO who came to the 25th annual conference.