Mexico-U.S. free movement key to closing wage gap, minister says

8/8/2017 Reuters

27424865601_1ff00195fd_kMexico will not close its wage gap with the United States without free movement of workers, Mexico’s economy minister Ildefonso Guajardo said in an interview days before the start of a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Low wages in Mexico have made the country attractive to U.S. manufacturers under the 1994 trade deal, a major gripe for U.S. President Donald Trump, who says NAFTA has resulted in massive U.S. job losses.

Guajardo, 60, an economist who played a role in the original NAFTA negotiations, was interviewed at the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit. (For more summit stories, see

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