The Government of Canada, the Government of the United Mexican
States and the Government of the United States of America,
resolved to:

     STRENGTHEN the special bonds of friendship and cooperation
     among their nations;

     CONTRIBUTE to the harmonious development and expansion of
     world trade and provide a catalyst to broader international

     CREATE an expanded and secure market for the goods and
     services produced in their territories;

     REDUCE distortions to trade;

     ESTABLISH clear and mutually advantageous rules governing
     their trade;

     ENSURE a predictable commercial framework for business
     planning and investment;

     BUILD on their respective rights and obligations under the
     General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and other
     multilateral and bilateral instruments of cooperation;

     ENHANCE the competitiveness of their firms in global

     FOSTER creativity and innovation, and promote trade in goods
     and services that are the subject of intellectual property

     CREATE new employment opportunities and improve working
     conditions and living standards in their respective

     UNDERTAKE each of the preceding in a manner consistent with
     environmental protection and conservation;

     PRESERVE their flexibility to safeguard the public welfare;

     PROMOTE sustainable development;

     STRENGTHEN the development and enforcement of environmental
     laws and regulations; and

     PROTECT, enhance and enforce basic workers' rights;

HAVE AGREED as follows: