White House pushes preliminary NAFTA deal in Peru next week: Bloomberg

04/02/2018 Reuters

naftaU.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing for a preliminary NAFTA deal to be announced at a summit in Peru next week and will host cabinet ministers in Washington to attempt a breakthrough, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The White House wants leaders from Mexico and Canada to join in unveiling broad outlines of an updated pact at the Summit of the Americas which begins on April 13, the report said. Technical talks to sort out the finer details and legal text could continue, according to the Bloomberg report.

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Mexico expects meeting of ministers to decide scope of NAFTA deal basics

04/03/2018 Reuters

Idelfonso-GuajardoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States, Mexico and Canada have made significant advances on reworking the NAFTA trade deal and ministers will meet in the coming days to determine the scope to agree on the basics of a deal, Mexico’s economy minister said on Monday.

Ildefonso Guajardo told Mexican radio he would travel to Washington on Wednesday for ministerial talks, adding that the United States was looking for a “quick solution.”

He added, “We’ve made a lot of progress, but on the complex issues, well, it looks like there’s a willingness to be flexible.”

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Today U.S. Department of State Secretary John Kerry heads to Mexico to discuss education and economic growth

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john kerry mexico

May 21–22

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Mexico City to discuss a range of bilateral issues, such as trade and economic growth, increasing higher education collaboration, and security cooperation.

Learn more about North American cooperation:http://bit.ly/1eOGATz

Development partnership conference: what did we learn?

globe north south americaThe Guardian, 04/23/14

The first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) drew to a conclusion last week in Mexico. Many coming into the meeting were somewhat confused about how it would play out. The chairman of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) development assistance committee, Erik Solheim, a leading progressive voice in official development circles for some years, admitted in his closing speech that he, too, had been nervous about the meeting.


Mexico hosts global development forum

Mexico BricksShanghai Daily, 4/17/14

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto Tuesday opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, attended by some 1,500 international leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

At the opening of the two-day event in Mexico City, Pena Nieto said, “Mexico, as host country of this first meeting, seeks to promote dialogue and the building of accords between different government and non-governmental agencies to strengthen and promote efficient cooperation for development.”

Ban also addressed the gathering, urging the international community to earmark more national resources and financing to cut poverty and reach the UN-sponsored Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs) by the preset deadline, 2015.

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U.S.-Mexico-Canada talks will focus on strengthening economic ties

NAFTALA Times, 2/17/14

Twenty years after their countries signed a landmark regional trade agreement, the presidents of the United States, Mexico and Canada will meet this week to attempt to strengthen the economic ties envisioned in that pact, correct the omissions and find ways to expand.

Trade and commerce are expected to dominate the agenda when President Obama meets with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts — President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Stephen Harper — in the Mexican city of Toluca, just west of Mexico City, on Wednesday.

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Comments to the United States Department of Commerce regarding the U.S.‐Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

Duncan Wood

Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood and Associate Christopher Wilson responded to the U.S. Department of Commerce Federal Register Notice published on November 25, 2013, which requested stakeholder input on the U.S.‐Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

In their comments, they noted that Mexico and the United States share an economic space and an economic future, and that the HLED is an important and potentially fruitful element in moving that future forward and maximizing the benefits for both countries. They stated that it should be both consolidated through high‐level engagement and institutionalization, and broadened to include a greater dialogue with the private sector and civil society and an expanded focus on border affairs.

Read their testimony here.