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At the North American Leaders Summit held in August 2007 in Montebello, the following five priorities were agreed to for trilateral cooperation:

  • Enhancing the Global Competitiveness of North America - Commitments were made to implement a Regulatory Cooperation Framework and an Intellectual Property Action Strategy, both adopted at the Summit. Commitments were also made to develop an economic work plan on North American competitiveness and conduct an analysis of the free trade agreements that each country has negotiated subsequent to NAFTA, with a view to examining opportunities on rules of origin.
  • Safe Food and Products - Commitments were made to strengthen existing mechanisms in the region, including information sharing on import safety issues and best practices to ensure the safety of food and products before they enter North America.
  • Sustainable Energy and the Environment - Commitments were made to pursue cooperative energy science and technology activities; to reduce barriers to the deployment of new and clean technologies; and to cooperate on the development of biofuels and other clean technologies.
  • Smart and Secure Borders - Commitments on several initiatives were made, including developing protocols and procedures to eliminate duplicate screening for cargo and for baggage placed on a connecting flight in North America; further enhancing the benefits of trusted traveller programs (e.g. NEXUS and FAST); and maintaining a high priority on the development of the Detroit-Windsor region border crossing infrastructure.
  • Emergency Management and Preparedness - Commitments were made to develop bilateral and trilateral protocols and procedures through the Canada-Mexico-United States Emergency Management Council to manage the movement of goods and people, including emergency responders, across our shared borders during and following an emergency, and to improve communication among governments and between governments and industry, particularly during times of increased threat.