Border Action Plan sessions open and vibrant

The remarks attributed to me by Carl Meyer in your Feb. 8 piece, "Big business attends perimeter talks in Washington," would leave a reader with the impression that the well-attended stakeholder sessions last month on the Regulatory Collaboration Council and the Beyond the Border Action Plan were held after a notice "was quietly posted on the government's border plan website." That would be an unfortunate misunderstanding of my comments—here is why. The Washington sessions on Jan. 31 provided the business community technical sessions with US and Canadian officials on the Regulatory Collaboration Council piece. However, that does not mean the business community has been left in the dark on the border action plan. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters has been closely engaged in both initiatives and welcomed from the start by US and Canadian government officials, as have hundreds of other business groups on both sides of the border. The challenges faced by our integrated North American manufacturing supply chain demand success on both of these plans. Our government leaders have shown that they know this as well. We have been consulted at every step and have provided our best expert advice. To that end, along with the US National Association of Manufacturers, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, and the American Automotive Policy Council, CME launched Businesses for Better Borders (B3), a coalition of top US and Canadian manufacturers to provide our best practice recommendations. The vast majority of our recommendations were adopted in the border action plan. In our view, this open-door approach has been transparent and inclusive, hence the huge turnout in Washington. To read that "stakeholder talks for the security side of the plan, called the Beyond the Border Working Group, have not yet taken place" would be an inaccurate description of a vibrant and open engagement process. Birgit Matthiesen Special Advisor to the President and CEO Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Washington, DC

Published: Wednesday, 02/15/2012 12:00 am EST

The remarks attributed to me by Carl Meyer in your Feb. 8 piece, "Big business attends perimeter talks in Washington," would leave a reader with the impression that the well-attended stakeholder sessions last month on the Regulatory Collaboration Council and the Beyond the Border Action Plan were held after a notice "was quietly posted on the government's border plan website."

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