Mexico’s labor standards no obstacle to NAFTA deal: Mexican minister

  MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tensions over Mexico’s labor standards will not prevent the signatories to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)from reaching an accord to overhaul the deal, the country’s labor minister said on Wednesday. Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are due to meet in Mexico City from Feb. 25 […]

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Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves

Published on The Hill. By VICKI NEEDHAM   The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has never been more popular on Capitol Hill. The three-nation trade agreement that has long come under fire from both parties is getting a rousing defense amid a push from the Trump administration to either renegotiate or scrap the deal altogether. Business advocates […]

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NAFTA and the Future of the U.S.-Mexico Relationship: A collection of thought pieces

2018 Center for U.S. – Mexican Studies. The UC San Diego Center for U.S. – Mexican Studies commissioned this series of thought pieces for a forum hosted by the University of California and Tecnológico de Monterrey in Washington, DC entitled The Future of NAFTA and the State of U.S. – Mexico Relations. These essays provided […]

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How Real is the US Trade Deficit with Mexico?

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Whether the US benefits from integration with Mexico has been particularly questioned over the past year or so. To be fair, perhaps most commentators point to their enhancement through further integration than to any lack thereof. When speaking of economic ties however, what are the issues? A 2011 report by Cristopher E. […]

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NAFTA and its Cooperative Synergies

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Progress in Nafta renegotiations is now at a crucial juncture. Particularly thorny issues have been decisively presented to the negotiating parties. The threat of the U.S. abandoning talks in the meantime still lingers while the other two parties, Mexico and Canada, are determined to hold the line on the face of the […]

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Should North America Divide?

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO In 2011, a report was published by the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, by the title “Working Together”. It highlighted how U.S.-Mexican economic ties and integration had benefited both countries and had led to the transformation of their bilateral relationship from one of competition to one of […]

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U.S. – Mexican Ties and the Nafta Deal

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Nafta renegotiations are approaching their fourth round, which are to be held in Washington D.C. on October 11 to 15. To date there have been some agreements, while many disagreements remain. However, rather than only single issues, it is also the broad approach to the deal that is disagreed upon. While it […]

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Why Bemoaning Nafta May Be Wrong

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO President Trump has criticized Nafta for having had a negative impact on both U.S. manufacturing employment and the trade deficit and has called it the “worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed”. However, this view is not shared by all U.S. experts. For example, Brookings Institution experts argue that Nafta benefits […]

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Labor Rules and Nafta Renegotiations: Old Ground Revisited

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO As was reported in the Financial Times on August 15, 2017 all three sides in Nafta negotiations have defined the goal for the new talks as “modernization” of Nafta. In the same article, it was also said that the U.S. Trump administration and the U.S. trade unions want new rules on labor […]

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