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2 February 2012: RCC, BTB Host First Stakeholder Session

Washington recently played host to the first ever stakeholder session for the Beyond the Border Action Plan and the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC).

Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the meeting was open to interested stakeholders. American and Canadian officials told attendees about the upcoming plans for Beyond the Border and the RCC, including details about opportunities for involvement in the process.

After hearing from both the Beyond the Border and RCC co-chairs, participants broke up into smaller groups. These full day Breakout Sessions were held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and covered the initiatives outlined in the RCC Joint Action Plan pertaining to transportation, agriculture and food, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, environment, nanotechnology, and occupational safety. Summaries of these sessions are available at

Announced in 2011 by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council and Beyond the Border initiatives aim to formalize the $1 trillion annual trade and investment relationship between the United States and Canada. The RCC and BTB will promote economic growth, job creation, perimeter security and other benefits to our consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination.