Office of the United States Trade Representative


USTR Portman to Participate in Annual NAFTA Meeting

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman departs for Mexico to participate in an annual meeting on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He will meet with Mexican Economy Minister Sergio Garcia de Alba and Canadian International Trade Minister David Emerson.

"The NAFTA has been a proven success for Canada, Mexico and the United States. By reducing barriers to trade and enabling more and better commerce between us, all three of our economies have benefited significantly," Portman said.

"As the world’s largest Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA partners conduct nearly $2.2 billion in trilateral trade each day," Portman said. "Trade relationships of this magnitude demand a solid framework that creates opportunity and provides predictability. With NAFTA as that firm foundation, a robust economic relationship has developed between our three countries and generated benefits for our workers, farmers, manufacturers and service providers."

"At this annual trade ministers’ meeting, we will discuss ways we can build on our success – especially as we approach the final phase of implementing the NAFTA in 2008. It is also an opportunity to meet with Mexico and Canada individually and explore issues for future cooperation," Portman noted.


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