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Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness

Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic CompetitivenessOn February 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the United States-Canada joint declaration, Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic CompetitivenessBeyond the Border articulates a shared approach to security in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel.

On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Action Plan (PDF, 40 pages - 505 KB), which sets out joint priorities and specific initiatives for achieving this vision. 

On May 19, 2015 the White House released the third annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report, which summarizes the significant progress made in the third year following the release of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, and includes new and enhanced measures intended to deepen and strengthen the unparalleled bilateral partnership. On December 19, 2013 and December 14, 2012, the White House released the second annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report and the first Beyond the Border Implementation Report respectively. The governments of the United States and Canada have worked together in a concerted way to advance our shared interests in perimeter security and economic competitiveness, achieving results that will improve the lives of residents, visitors, and businesses in both our countries.

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Last Published Date: April 13, 2016

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