Register Now for the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Meeting May 4-5 in Washington, D.C.

We invite you to participate in the U.S.Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Stakeholder Meeting, to be held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. on May 4-5 2016.

Please indicate your attendance at this two-day event by registering at the following link http://www.us-can-rcc-ccr.com/. A registration confirmation will follow via e-mail within two business days. We encourage you to sign up early as registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis due to space limitations.

In the fall of 2014, the United States and Canada released a Joint Forward Plan for regulatory cooperation. That plan called for bilateral senior-level discussions on regulatory cooperation. The objective of the May 4-5sessions is to provide a single venue for senior regulators to get together with stakeholders and discuss areas of opportunity over the short-medium term. U.S. and Canadian senior officials will be seeking stakeholder views on regulated sectors and related opportunities for efforts between regulators.

The program agenda provides additional information, including logistical details, for the event. As noted in the agenda, during the afternoon of May 4th and throughout the day on May 5th, stakeholders are invited to meet with U.S. and Canadian regulatory officials to identify and discuss new opportunities for regulatory cooperation between the two countries.

In preparation for these sessions, stakeholders should be prepared to identify issues and opportunities and provide context for them. While we welcome any and all types of stakeholder input, based on previous experience, we would note that feedback received in advance of the May meetings, and feedback that includes both a U.S.-Canada perspective, are particularly effective ways of communicating stakeholder concerns and priorities.

Similarly, an elaboration of the context of each policy recommendation, such as shifting consumer preferences or new technologies, as well as a discussion of any benefits, qualitative or quantitative that may accrue to consumers or industry stakeholders will assist in priority setting of work plans. This will also allow senior officials to better prepare and structure their meetings. The discussion will include:

  • Work related to opportunities already underway (i.e., Forward Plan commitments);
  • Anticipated opportunities based on input received from stakeholders (and as further informed in discussions); and
  • Any new areas that may arise through discussion.

The sessions will be structured along these areas of work and will provide for an open discussion between regulators and stakeholders.

While PowerPoint presentations cannot be accommodated at the May 4-5 event, stakeholders are encouraged to bring documents related to their presentations to leave behind for regulators.

For updates on the event, please visit www.trade.gov/rcc or http://www.us-can-rcc-ccr.com as additional information will be posted.

Please note that the Embassy of Canada will host a reception on the evening of May 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. to welcome attendees to the event. Due to security requirements, pre-registration for the reception is mandatory. Government-issued photo ID is required for entry.

If you have any questions about this event or would like to provide advance feedback, please email rccplantprotection@aphis.usda.gov or international-oira@omb.eop.gov. For more information you may also visit: http://www.us-can-rcc-ccr.com.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in the RCC, and we look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. on May 4-5.

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