I am happy to announce that CPSC will host the first North America Consumer Product Safety Summit September 26-27, 2011, in Bethesda, Maryland. I would like to invite you to be a part of this historic event!
The Summit will provide an opportunity for product safety leaders in Mexico, Canada, and the United States to share their vision for enhanced consumer product safety cooperation among our countries.
The Summit will also facilitate discussion of trilateral initiatives and development of an agenda for future engagement reflecting the shared product safety priorities of the three jurisdictions.
The increasing volume of world trade and the complexity of global supply chains require a proactive and preventive approach by product safety authorities around the globe to ensure that the consumer products in our markets are safe.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico created the world's largest free trade area, linking 450 million people and producing $17 trillion worth of goods and services.
Products produced in North America or imported from outside our territories readily find their way into each other's jurisdictions through our extensive shared borders.
As neighbors, we share the benefits and the challenges of an increasingly interconnected market. As product safety officials, we can manage those challenges better through cooperation and mutual goals.
To the extent that product hazards are commonly understood and addressed by our agencies through improved coordination, we also can protect consumers better in all three of our jurisdictions.
The core message that I hope will emerge from this Summit is this: our three countries can be more effective in protecting our consumers if we have a shared, coordinated approach to the common challenges facing our consumer product safety agencies.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the leadership and staff of the product safety agencies in Canada and Mexico and to all panelists and keynote speakers who have accepted the invitation to participate in the Summit. I also would like to thank other participating stakeholders for helping to make this a productive and successful event.
Very truly yours,
Inez Moore Tenenbaum