After many days of deliberation and consultation with the Government of San Luis Potosi, their Secretary of Health, and several NASCO members, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our NASCO Continental Reunion 2020 until September. This decision has not been made lightly, and is out of an abundance of caution and in the best health interests of our NASCO family. Concerns regarding air travel, potential future restrictions on international / domestic travel, advisories against large congregations of people at conferences and events, the unknown rate of spreading, etc., have led us to believe it is best to postpone the reunion for a few months. Those few months will fly by, however, so conference planning is still “full speed ahead”! We will decide on the exact dates of the conference in the very near future – days, not weeks – and we will let everyone know as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you in September. – The NASCO Team
2020 NASCO Continental Reunion
Date: Postponed till Fall 2020
Venue: Centro de Convenciones de San Luis Potosí
Location: San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico
Online registration is coming soon. Please stay tuned for more details.
Welcome + overview
We are pleased to invite you to attend the 2020 North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO) Continental Reunion: Stronger Together as we return to Mexico, May 5-7, 2020, to highlight the many advantages of the Bajio region! San Luis Potosi is a beautiful, colonial city with a booming industrial region in the heart of Mexico. You won’t want to miss U.S., Canada, and Mexico business and political leaders gathered to discuss the future our North American trading relationships.
The NASCO “Continental Reunion” is unique, as it rotates between Canada, the United States and Mexico each year. We bring together senior political and business leaders from the three countries to address key issues and opportunities for improved cooperation and economic partnership, as well as to deliver innovative perspectives on critical issues pertaining to the future of trade and transportation in North America.
San Luis Potosi is an integral part of the Bajio industrial region, and it has come a long way since its foundation as a mining town in 1592. In 2018, the Bajio region attracted 18.4% of the total foreign direct investment in Mexico, with San Luis Potosi attracting $1.3bn in foreign investment. Manufacturing is the largest sector in the state economy, and represented 26.8% of GDP as of May 2019. Sixty-four new manufacturing businesses entered SLP between 2015 and 2019 - 44 of which were in the automotive industry and eight in the energy sector.
Given the continued focus on the USMCA/CUSMA/T-MEC in all three countries in 2020, the Continental Reunion will be as critically important as ever to our speakers and participants. We additionally will have several “core” panels and speakers addressing what happens next with the new trade agreement in our business communities, energy and automotive sessions, academic and logistics sessions and more.
In late 2018, the five states (San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Querétaro, and Jalisco) that comprise the “Bajio” region united to form the Central Bajio Occidental Alliance. Its main objective is to boost the region’s social and economic development in a collaborative and coordinated way.
Of course, the Continental Reunion is about people and friendship. We have an amazing set of networking and cultural opportunities planned in San Luis Potosi, with a major highlight being an evening dinner in the former state penitentiary - which is now a spectacular arts center!
Detailed Program Agenda
Lunch and Tour of WTC Industrial for NASCO Board of Directors
NASCO Board of Directors Meeting
Welcome Reception at Historic Hilton
Session A: Energy
Session B: Cannabis
Session C: Logistics
Session D: Labour
North American Governors + Premiers
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Business - The New North American Strategy
Relaunching A Region
Reception _ Dinner
Centro De Las Artes
Media - What's In The News
Current Topics Trending in North America
Session E: Aerospace
Session F: Agribusiness
Session G: Automotive
Session H: Academic
Welcome & Day Remarks
TMEC - USMCA - CUSMA
Closing The Gaps - What's the New Scenario
Explore On Your Own!