So it appears that the CEOs who have been advising the three North American leaders on further steps to integration through the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) got the memo that people didn’t like secrecy. When I was reporting on these talks last year, it was actually the members of the CEO’s group, the NACC (North American Competitiveness Council) who were the most willing to talk about the meetings. More willing than, say, the Canadian government. The US government was also more forthcoming. US Ambassador Wilkins held a de-brief for reporters at his residence the day after the Montebello talks, and even served lunch. He answered questions until reporters ran out of questions to ask. I’m told he’s planning to do the same thing this time around. What a good example he’s setting for the Canadian government…
The CEOs have now organized an event open to the press and the public ahead of the New Orleans meeting that will include some very senior officials in the US government. It’s free but you have to preregister.
Public Briefing and Discussion on the
Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)
Walter Bastian, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere,
U.S. Department of Commerce
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Thomas A. Shannon, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs,
U.S. Department of State
April 18, 2008
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062
During this public briefing and discussion Walter Bastian, Thomas J. Donohue, Alfonso Martinez- Fonts, and Thomas A. Shannon plan to discuss the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. This meeting will also include members of the U.S. Section of the North American Competitiveness Council Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, and private sector representatives with a stake in the process.