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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 modifications: 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 vital but additionally extra tenuous. Tri-national collaboration is vital to make sure local prosperity and safety. during this vital record, a distinctive workforce of Canadian, Mexican, and American specialists discover key matters that require extra cooperation at the continent--including economics, regulatory coverage, protection, the constructing hole, and tri-national institutions--and deals a imaginative and prescient for the connection one of the 3 international locations for the subsequent ten years. The file recommends a unmarried financial house that expands financial chance for each person within the area, 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 us.

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Tested once’’ for biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The cost and quality of health care is a critical issue in all three countries. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals play a vital role in providing new treatments that improve health outcomes and often reduce costs as well, but they face huge costs in developing and then winning regulatory approval for new products. 8 percent. Two possible approaches to reducing the regulatory burden while maintaining rigorous standards to protect health and safety would be to adopt a ‘‘tested once’’ principle by which a product tested in one country would meet the standards set by another, or to establish a North America testing center with personnel from each country.

The scholarships should include ‘‘language immersion’’ courses in each of the three countries, in Spanish, French, and English, and should encourage students to study in all three countries. • Develop a network of centers for North American studies. The European Union (EU) provides substantial funding for EU centers in fifteen universities in the United States, as well as twelve Jean Monnet Chairs. S. Department of Education provides similar grants to support language and international studies outside North America, but not within North America.

In short, important work remains to be done in creating a common economic zone through the elimination of remaining tariff and nontariff barriers to trade within North America. The three countries must also expand cooperation on trade-related areas, including border and transportation infrastructure; a concerted effort to reduce the many regulatory gaps and inconsistencies that hamper the flow of trade in North America; and coordinated investment in North America’s human capital, both through education and training, and through improved labor mobility within the continent.

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