From NAFTA to USMCA forum at UC San Diego

Fullbright Canada and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego hosted a full-day conference in November on the new NAFTA, (USMCA). Featured speakers analyzed trade negotiations and the agreement itself from the private and public sector perspectives to identify potential socioeconomic and political impacts for North America partners.

Chamber Vice President of International Business Affairs, Paola Avila, participated in a panel discussion covering the gains and losses of NAFTA negotiations for the Cali-Baja region and business community. The Chamber is also conducting a series of informational forums on NAFTA 2.0 / USMCA including this morning’s forum in partnership with BIOCOM, and an upcoming forum in Tijuana on January 29th.

Keynote speaker Jesus Seade, President López Obrador’s Chief Negotiator for Trade, shared a message stating that USMCA is not a massive improvement, but a clear and extremely positive improvement. The Chamber had the opportunity to share our region’s efforts in promoting trade and advocating to the U.S. and Mexican governments for a modernized trilateral trade agreement. We look forward to continue collaborating with Seade and the Mexican administration during the Chamber’s upcoming Binational Delegation Trip to Mexico City taking place March 31 to April 3, 2019.