Canada, Mexico can integrate supply chain much more: minister

3/17/2017 Reuters

NAFTA_logoThere is plenty of scope for Mexico and Canada to deepen supply chain integration, Canada’s trade minister said on Friday, in the latest nod to boosting North American industry in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump’s pledge to boost jobs.

“We have a good relationship, but I do believe when you look at the supply chain in North America, we can do so much more together,” Canadian Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said at an event in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.

“We value our political and commercial relationship with Mexico and we will work closely with Mexico to build a more prosperous North America,” he added.

Trump wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and has threatened to ditch it if he cannot get a better deal in his efforts to protect U.S. manufacturing jobs.

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