Afternoon Coffee: North American Leaders Meet in Canada to Discuss Trade, Toyota Recalls Cars for Airbag and Fuel Emission Defects

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Leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico — nations belonging to the North American Free Trade Agreement — will meet today in Ottawa, Canada, where they plan to discuss trade and the recent Brexit vote. U.S. National Security Council official Mark Feierstein said President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are expected to spend much of their meeting today discussing trade and how to “facilitate trade by automating our borders.”

Toyota is recalling 1.43 million cars for defective airbags and 2.87 million cars for faulty fuel emission controls. The faulty airbags in this recall are reportedly not related to Takata airbag recalls, and are due to a small crack in some airbag inflators that could cause the airbags to partially inflate.

Cloud-based healthcare supply chain management solution provider, Global Healthcare Exchange, announced today it acquired H-Card, LLC, which offers automated payment management solutions. The acquisition expands GHX’s financial product portfolio and allows it “extend its healthcare solutions into a complete demand-to-pay portfolio of software and service,” the company said in a press release.

Spend Matters’ sister site, Public Spend Forum, collaborated with Censeo Consulting Group and Volcker Alliance to release a report aimed at identifying and assessing the skills needed in the public procurement workforce. The report Doing the People’s Business: Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement,” found public procurement organizations are proficient in 4 of 12 key competencies needed in the workforce.


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