Mexico Officials Visiting US This Week to Talk Trade

16 de mayo de 2017, 00:22Ottawa, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Canadian government is ready to face the announced renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Mexico, confirmed federal officials today.

During the 2016 US election campaign, Trump vowed to scrap the 1994 deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico if he can not adjust it to benefit USA interests. President Reagan named him deputy USA trade representative in 1983, during which time he helped negotiate more than two dozen bilateral trade agreements.

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Lighthizer previously served as deputy USA trade representative under President Ronald Reagan and has worked on trade issues as a lawyer representing various manufacturers and high-tech companies.

In Washington, Ross declined to predict the exact timing of the notification, saying that there were more consultations with Congress needed first.

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U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, joined several other senators Monday in signing a letter to U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, stressing the positive economic impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the administration considers taking a fresh look at the agreement.

Guajardo also said that a dispute over sugar with the United States could be resolved within two weeks, before a June 5 deadline to break the impasse.

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Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, along with Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, are among officials in Washington this week who are scheduled to meet U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. "A good example is the USA dispute case against China's excessive domestic wheat subsidies that violate its WTO membership agreement".


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