Mexico Banking on New Market Access Through TPP to Grow Its Economy

5/12/2016 World Politics Review

international currencyMexican Trade Minister Herminio Blancotold a gathering of Mexican and Japanese business leaders earlier this month that “Mexico will become more competitive when the TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] takes effect.” In an email interview, Raúl Francisco Montalvo Corzo, the director of the EGADE Business School, Guadalajara, discussed the potential effects of TPP membership on Mexico’s economy.

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Could the TPP boost Canada-Mexico relations?

3/3/2016 Open Canada 

NAFTAMuch ink has been spilled about the TPP agreement reached between Canada and 11 other trans-Pacific partners in early October. Minister for International Trade Chrystia Freeland has been travelling across the country, listening to groups both for and against the agreement as Canada decides whether or not to ratify it. Among the criticisms are complaints that it will open Canada’s auto industry to too much competition from Japan, that it will play to U.S. strengths in intellectual property, and that it will give investors too much power to sue governments. Supporters talk about new markets in Japan, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, as well as protecting Canada’s access to the U.S. market. However, there has been almost no attention on an important dimension of the TPP: its impact on Canada-Mexico relations.

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Mexico to join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

Reuters, 6/18/2012

USTR Ron Kirk

The decision to accept Mexico’s application was jointly made by the nine countries currently negotiating the TPP pact – the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei, U.S. officials said.

The proposed TPP agreement is part of a broader U.S. strategy to link its economy to fast-growing markets in the Asia Pacific region.

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