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As part of the Bush Institute’s focus on North America, where we concentrate on free market policies that promote economic integration among the United States, Canada and Mexico, the Institute tomorrow will host its inaugural North America Competitiveness Working Group. Thought leaders from business, government, and academia, representing all three countries, will meet throughout the day to identify policy strategies to more closely integrate our economies.
Challenges stand in the way, so the Working Group will analyze practical steps that can produce stronger job creation and growth across North America. As part of the work, we will examine such issues as energy infrastructure and regulation, human capital and workforce development, and border infrastructure.
The Working Group intends to hold two additional sessions to develop and present an achievable agenda to continental policymakers in early 2016.
Look for further announcements here as this work progresses. Our goal is simple: Stimulate the growth of the U.S. economy by opening market opportunities across the continent and enabling the U.S. to better compete in the global economy.
Matthew Rooney is director of the economic growth initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.
Matt Rooney joined the Bush Center in June 2015 from a career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. At postings in Washington and abroad, Matt focused on advocating market-driven solutions to economic policy challenges in both industrialized and developing countries, and on protecting the interests of U.S. companies abroad.
In Washington, Matt was on loan to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to create a high-level private sector advisory body for the Summits of the Americas, working closely with the U.S. private sector and with companies and business associations from throughout the Americas to negotiate an agenda to promote economic integration in the region for presentation to the leaders of the Americas. Previously, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for relations with Canada and Mexico and for regional economic policy. Prior to this, as Director of the Office of Economic Policy, he led interagency and international negotiations in 2008 that produced the Secretary’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative, designed to engage with our Free Trade Agreement partners on strategies for ensuring that the benefits of globalization are broadly shared in our societies.
Abroad, Matt was Consul General in Munich, a Consulate General providing a full range of Consular and export promotion services, supporting a permanent presence of 30,000 U.S. forces in two major base complexes, and performing political and economic analysis in support of U.S. diplomatic objectives in Germany. As Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, he laid the groundwork for free trade negotiations between the United States and the five countries of Central America, and promoted market-based reforms for electrical power. Prior to this, Matt served in various posts in Germany, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire.
Matt studied Economics, German and French at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Master’s Degree in International Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. With his wife Dianna, Matt has two young adult sons.Full Bio
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