Gov. Jerry Brown, Mexico’s president talk trade in L.A.

August 28, 2014

08/26/14 Los Angeles Times

hand shakeGov. Jerry Brown and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto shared the stage in Los Angeles to speak about opportunities for the Golden State and its southern neighbor to work together on business opportunities, climate change and higher education.

“We share language, territory, trade,” Brown said Monday at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where Peña Nieto kicked off a two-day trip to California. “We share the sun, the wind, businesses like oil production.”

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TPP and Canada: Wishful Thinking on Supply Management?

August 26, 2014

08/26/14 By David N. Biette, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center. Americas Trade Policy

Photo by Flickr user I.A.M.

Photo by Flickr user I.A.M.

One of the many goals of multilateral trade agreements is to level the field so that companies, industries, and countries compete on the basis of market forces. This requires all participants to be willing to open their markets in protected sectors in exchange for better access to the markets of their trade partners. In order to get the benefits sought, each party to the negotiation has to give up something.

As Canada wraps up its Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, it remains deeply involved in another very ambitious multilateral negotiation: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Canada became an observer to the TPP negotiations in 2010, but did not become a full member until 2012 because New Zealand, one of the founders of the TPP negotiations, and the United States held up Canada’s request due to concerns about Canada’s supply management of dairy, poultry, and eggs, as well as the longstanding U.S. complaint about Canada’s lack of protection for intellectual property rights.

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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto starts California tour in Los Angeles

August 25, 2014

08/25/14 San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Enrique PeñaNieto 2Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.

His two-day tour starts in Los Angeles on Monday and comes less than a month after Brown visited Mexico.

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Mexico joins Latin American stock market (Mila)

August 20, 2014

08/19/14 BNAmericas

latin_americaLatin American regulators and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have announced the addition of Mexico to the integrated Latin American stock market (Mila).

Following two days of meetings in Mexico and several months of discussions, supervisors from Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico signed a cooperation agreement aimed at joining the Mexican stock market to Mila.

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Christie Plans a Working Trip to Mexico

August 12, 2014

08/07/14 The Wall Street Journal

shutterstock_182486318Chris Christie will travel to Mexico in September, his second international trip as New Jersey’s governor, as the Republican eyes a 2016 presidential run.

In an announcement Thursday, the administration billed the three-day trip from Sept. 3 to 5 as a trade mission to promote “economic growth and job creation between New Jersey and Mexico.”

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Mexico annual inflation rate rises to 5-month high in July

August 7, 2014

08/07/14 Reuters

drawing bar chartMexico’s annual inflation rate in July climbed above the central bank’s 4 percent target ceiling to a five-month high, but policymakers expect the rise to be brief as sluggish economic growth contains price pressures.

Inflation in the 12 months through July rose 4.07 percent, the national statistics agency said on Thursday.

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Borders Into Bridges

August 1, 2014

Site Selection Magazine. Rick Van Schoik, Erik Lee & Christopher Wilson

hand shakeAs the United States and Mexico focus on a number of key bilateral and domestic economic efforts, the US-Mexico border region’s economy finds itself at a time of potentially enormous transition. New local initiatives have been developed in recent years across the border region – from Cali-Baja in Tijuana and San Diego to the Binational Economic Development Zone project in Brownsville and Matamoros – to promote border communities as unified and interdependent economic regions.

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