Going Global to Create American Jobs

In the dismal economic news of the past few years, U.S. exports have been a bright spot, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño said Sunday.

“There is tremendous growth, for both the U.S. and Canada in terms of emerging markets that create unique opportunities for all of us,” Fortuño, the 2012 CSG president, said during the International Committee meeting. “There is a demand for quality throughout the world.”

That’s not just goods, it’s also services, he noted.

“Our goods and services are the standard of excellence throughout the world,” he said.

“We still have to look for different policies and strategies to make sure, in a rather challenging economic climate, that we are able to do better,” said Fortuno.

Going global will be important in protecting American jobs, said Fortuño and Gary Doer, Canadian ambassador to the United States.

Doer said it’s particularly important to maintain good relationships between the U.S., Canada and Mexico—Fortuno added Latin America to the mix.

Doer stressed the importance of energy to North America.

“It is very, very important when we look at the security of our region to have more partnership in the region and use more resources in the region,” Doer said.

That’s particularly true of using oil from Canada to displace the oil from the Middle East. Part of that is the Canadian oil sands, but the pipeline to bring that oil from Canada to the states still has not received federal approval, he said.

“That is going to have a huge impact on the U.S. economy,” Doer said of the pipeline.

Not only will jobs come through support industries in the U.S., he said, but cheaper energy could bring manufacturing jobs back.

“I believe jobs are starting to return,” said Doer. He said concerns about intellectual property and security also are prompting moves back to the U.S.

Fortuño added companies will want the quality of products to be consistent wherever they are made.