Minister Ng, Ambassador Tai and Secretary Buenrostro reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together on the implementation of CUSMA to ensure it provides stability, predictability and legal certainty to businesses, industry and workers. In her meeting with Secretary Buenrostro, Minister Ng highlighted the important contributions of Canadian mining companies to the development of the Mexican economy, including to the critical minerals supply chain, which is central to building the clean economy of the future. During a meeting with Ambassador Tai, Minister Ng discussed working together in the Indo-Pacific, their shared commitment to advancing rules-based order and Canada’s work at the WTO through the Ottawa Group. Minister Ng raised concerns about protectionist measures that threaten cross-border collaboration between the United States and Canada that undermines commitments made by the leaders of both countries. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative, and Raquel Buenrostro, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, participated in the third meeting of the CUSMA Free Trade Commission (FTC), hosted by Mexico in Cancún, from July 5 to 7, 2023. The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) is one of the largest free trade agreements in the world, generating nearly trillion in trade, leading to economic growth and helping to raise the standard of living in all 3 countries. July 7, 2023 – Cancún, Mexico – Global Affairs Canada They exchanged views on shared priorities, such as enhancing the competitiveness of North American exports, and discussed promoting further economic integration and rules-based trade between the 3 countries. Minister Ng emphasized the importance of ensuring trade in North America is inclusive and that the benefits of the trading relationship reach everyone, especially small and medium-sized businesses, women, Indigenous Peoples and underrepresented groups. She also stressed the importance of upholding the science-based obligations of CUSMA. During the FTC, ministers heard from business delegations from Canada, the United States and Mexico on how the 3 countries can work even more closely together to strengthen supply chains through friendshoring, and to address critical gaps in skills development for workers. The ministers agreed on the importance of involving businesses and workers as they take stock of CUSMA to ensure it is working for them. The Ministers also engaged with labour stakeholders from Mexico to hear firsthand about the positive impact CUSMA’s high labour standards have had for workers in Mexico, and how the benefits extend to workers across North America.