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POSTPONED: The Future of Trade in North America


WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. CT

WHERE: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX, 77005

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For almost a quarter of a century, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a symbol of the relationship between Mexico, the United States, and Canada, the foundation of their economic interactions, and a facilitating framework for other cooperation arrangements. Regardless, NAFTA has never been popular in the United States, and then-candidate Donald Trump argued on the 2016 campaign trail that it has hurt the U.S. workforce, particularly in the manufacturing sector, and contributed to a ballooning trade deficit. As president, however, Trump is facing increased resistance to his efforts to revise NAFTA amid debates over the potential impact to the U.S. economy if the accord is revised without the proper forethought, or worse, revoked completely.

This conference brings together trade and industry experts and former government officials to explain the controversies behind NAFTA, the risks and opportunities of revising the agreement and the likely outcome of negotiation.

Please RSVP by Monday, September 4.

This event is sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Baker Institute Mexico Center and International Economics Program.

Join the discussion on Twitter: @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive 


Dr. Herminio Blanco
Founder and Chairman of the Board, IQOM Inteligencia Comercial
Former Minister of Trade and Industry, NAFTA Chief Negotiator, and Vice Minister of International Negotiations of Mexico

Dr. Tony Payan
Director, Baker Institute Mexico Center