Twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect, its signatories — the United States, Mexico and Canada — form the largest trading bloc in the world. What is the future of NAFTA and how have its strengths or shortcomings impacted investment and trade in the region? These issues and more were examined on April 7 at the inaugural conference of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center. Three of the principal negotiators of the agreement led the discussion: Carla A. Hills (United States), Jaime Serra Puche (Mexico) and Michael Wilson (Canada). The Honorable James A. Baker, III, who served as U.S. secretary of state during the landmark negotiations, also delivered remarks.
Additional support for this event was generously provided by the Consulate General of Canada in Dallas and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to videos of the event; click on "slides" in the agenda to view the speakers' PowerPoint presentations.
Registration and Breakfast
The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Panel I — NAFTA After 20 Years
Moderator: Luis Rubio, Ph.D.
Jaime Serra Puche, Ph.D. (slides)
Carla A. Hills
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Panel II — Assessing NAFTA and Charting Its Future
Moderator: Tony Payán, Ph.D.
Daniel Lederman, Ph.D. (slides)
Timothy Kehoe, Ph.D. (slides)
Juan Carlos Baker Pineda
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