Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI National News
May 17, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Canada and the United States enjoy the most successful bilateral trading relationship in the world, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an important component of this relationship. Our two countries not only sell to each other, we make things together to sell at home and abroad and, in doing so, create millions of well-paying jobs on both sides of the border. Our successes are reflected in all aspects of the partnership.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, will visit Cleveland, Ohio, from May 19 to 21, 2018, to further cultivate this long-standing cross-border trade relationship. The Minister will meet key leaders, including Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, and Loretta Mester, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
While in Cleveland, Minister Champagne will address the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, highlighting how NAFTA has contributed to the global competitiveness of the North American economy. The Minister will also deliver the commencement address to the graduating class at Case Western Reserve University’s prestigious School of Law, where he will highlight notable areas of cooperation between Canada and the United States.
Maintaining strong people-to-people ties between border cities and states is a testament to the enduring positive relationship Canada and the United States share. As well, the education sector has long benefited from students crossing the border to attend each other’s education institutions. As a respected alumnus and long-standing patron of Case Western Reserve University, Minister Champagne will also be presented with an honorary doctorate from the School of Law during his visit.
Minister Champagne will also meet with officials of the United States Coast Guard and visit the NASA Glenn Research Center to discuss closer cooperation in trade, transportation, safety and innovation.