Archomai host Jay Myers of Canadian Manufacturers Federation.
Yorkshire & Humber
Inaugural Meeting - GLSLS and the GGF
Monday, 22nd June 2015
The Union Club, Cleveland OH 44115, USA
Rob Bell a speaker on the Northern Powerhouse debate
Thursday, 25th June 2015
The Global Gateways Federation has been formed (June 2015) to promote trade connectivity; supply chain innovation; investment, enterprise, opportunity and job creation across like-minded Regions.
It is envisaged that the GGF will be bolstered by public and private sector specialists to enable asset and skills capacity building to deliver a sustainable and competitive future in this challenging global environment.
The Northern Gateways Initiative (NGI) led on the UK's Northern agenda to re balance the UK economy and now sees itself as a catalyst on sustainable communities, capacity building, SME networking and trade. We started with the Humber Mersey trade corridor and now see this as inclusive of Doncaster / Wakefield and the North East. This complements the Northern Powerhouse.
The NGI urges a focus on North 2050 (or 2020 to speed things up!) as a Pan Northern focus on demography; infrastructure; connectivity; skills and wellbeing as a means to build a sustainable future.
The Great Lakes and St Lawrence Seaways (GLSLS) has a massive geo-economic footprint - 8 Great Lakes U.S. States and 2 Canadian provinces; a population of 150 million within an eight hour drive; 50 million jobs (or 30 per cent of the combined US and Canadian workforce) across a diversified range of manufacturing and service sectors and, an economic output of US$5.2 trillion in 2014. This manufacturing and agricultural powerhouse ranks as the fourth-largest economy in the world, behind only the United States, China and Japan.
The GLSLS offers a unique network of 41 ports in close proximity to population and industrial clusters in the North Eastern USA and Canada; 3,700 kms of marine highway and emerging industries such as biomas, oil sands and project cargo for wind turbines to add to a core of iron ore, coal, aggregates, grain and general cargo.
The Global Gateways Foundation sees the GLSLS as a major partner and a number of partners and trade initiatives will be announced shortly.
The Pacific Alliance (Spanish: Alianza del Pacífico) is a Latin American trade bloc, comprising Mexico, Colombia, Peru & Chile – the Pacific Pumas all bordering the Pacific Ocean. This bloc represents nearly 36% of Latin American GDP and the 6th largest economy in the world with a GDP of US$3 trillion.
According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the countries of the Pacific Alliance together exported about $445 billion in 2010, almost 60% more than Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela) the other predominant Latin American trade bloc.
The GGF sees huge opportunities in cooperation across key enabling sectors such as infrastructure, logistics, healthcare and skills capacity building.
See also: Transformational Logistics website.
Ghana has a population of 23 million and, with the discovery of oil and gas offshore, as Kofi Annan has said, is faced with a choice to become either Nigeria or Norway. Working with the And Albert Foundation (AAF), the NGI (and now the GGF) has been working to explore how best to achieve a sustainable future.
A Transformational Project is taking shape around the Volta River system. The idea is to map a historical slave trade route along the River Volta and take steps to create a viable trade corridor as a basis to diversify the economy. More than 70 villages have been identified and from this a hub and spoke network will be created to build the capacity for a sustainable future linking the VTC to the Southern cities (Kumasi, Accra) and potential export markets.
We can be contacted as follows:
Rob J Bell
Hugh W Marcy