Nafta Second Round Progress and a Reminder of Some Sticky and Easier Issues

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Nafta second round negotiations came to an end on Tuesday September 5, with more than two dozen working groups of experts and technical officials advancing and discussing proposals. The three countries declared that important progress was achieved, while they will continue the process of internal consultation in preparation for the third round […]

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Second Round Nafta Renegotiations: A View on the Agenda

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO As the second round Nafta renegotiations got on their way on September 1, 2017 in Mexico City, the three negotiating countries concluded the first round in a statement that they were committed to an “ambitious outcome”. A number of issues are on the table for round two, while there are time constraints […]

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Nafta Update – Making It Not So Bad After All

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Nafta renegotiation may, after all, not be such a bad idea, as may have seemed at first when talk was heated and not always conciliatory. If one considers that Nafta has, for the most part, not been updated since its outset in 1994, perhaps this can now be considered due. Moreover, reading […]

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Border Region to Press for NAFTA Upgrade Action Plan

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO In a recent article Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, discusses the approach that the U.S.-Mexico border region should take. Wilson analyzes the situation now that U.S. President Donald Trump has called for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the first round negotiations have started […]

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Border Town Economic Prospects on the Line in the Wake of NAFTA Renegotiations

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO U.S.-Mexico border towns have for decades and especially since the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, developed intertwined economic relationships with each other. Labor, consumption and investment have been consistently flowing between both sides of the border over this time and economic prospects have been shared. With NAFTA […]

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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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First Round Nafta Renegotiations and the Automotive Rules of Origin Gap

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Nafta renegotiations, requested by U.S. President Mr. Trump, have started last August 16th and ended the following Sunday. In the event, the U.S. administration has clearly indicated it is not so much interested in “tweaking” Nafta’s commercial rules, rather it wishes to set Nafta on a new path, amongst other things, to […]

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