Autoridades de México y Estados Unidos analizaron el estado que guarda el proceso de negociaciones del Acuerdo de Asociación Transpacífico, en vísperas de la reunión ministerial a celebrarse en Australia, del 25 al 27 de octubre próximo. La Secretaría de Economía informó que su titular, Ildefonso Guajardo, acompañado por el subsecretario de Comercio Exterior, Francisco de Rosenzweig, concluyó una visita de trabajo a la ciudad de Washington, D.C., Estados Unidos.
Pacific Rim countries negotiating a free trade deal will find it hard to make much progress while the United States and Japan remain at loggerheads over farm exports, Mexico’s economy minister said on Tuesday. During a visit to Washington, Ildefonso Guajardo said U.S.-Japan bilateral talks underway in Japan were key to reaching agreement on other outstanding issues in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and any agreement would have a domino effect on the rest of the pact.
9/25/14 Hudson Institute
Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute testified in from of the Senate of Canada Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he addresses why the Canadian relationship with Mexico matters to all three NAFTA countries.
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10/01/14 Wall Street Journal
Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said Wednesday that Mexico is seeking a negotiated settlement to a dispute over Mexican sugar exports to the U.S., but that failure to reach an accord could lead Mexico to take the case to the World Trade Organization. The U.S. government in August imposed preliminary tariffs on Mexican sugar imports following complaints by U.S. sugar growers that the Mexican government subsidizes the domestic industry, allowing Mexico to flood the U.S. market with cheap sugar, harming U.S. producers.
The four presidents of Latin America’s $2.1 trillion Pacific Alliance bloc said integration is a tool for fighting inequality and they will seek a common agenda with the Mercosur group, led by Brazil and Argentina. The leaders of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile said closer ties will boost growth that can reduce poverty in what Chilean President Michelle Bachelet called the most unequal region of the world. Pacific Alliance officials plan to meet with Mercosur counterparts in November to discuss areas of agreement, she said yesterday at the Bloomberg Latin America Forum in New York. “We all want economic growth but understand it’s an instrument for development,” Bachelet, 62, said. “We’re focused on integration and amplifying markets.”
The Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion for our citizens. Our four countries represent 214 million people, and our economies have a combined gross domestic product of $2.1 trillion, which accounts for 37 percent of Latin America’s total GDP, averaging a 5.1 percent annual growth rate over the past four years.