Mexico will elect a new president on July 1, 2018, and the country’s main political parties are now preparing to select their candidates. The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the party of Mexico’s current president, is facing strong challenges from three other major political parties — the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) and Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) on the left, and the National Action Party (PAN) on the right-of-center — as well as from potentially competitive independent candidates. Moreover, given recent strains in the U.S.-Mexico binational relationship under President Donald Trump, key questions are emerging: How will Mexico’s election affect U.S.-Mexico partnerships on issues such as immigration, trade and border security? How will the election impact the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Will Mexico’s next administration continue to uphold policies that are amenable to U.S. interests?
Luis Ernesto Derbez, Mexico's former secretary of the economy and of foreign affairs, declared his intention to seek the National Action Party’s nomination for president in May 2017. At this event, Derbez offered his vision for Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico relationship.
This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center.
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Luis Ernesto Derbez, Ph.D., is president of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), a position he has held since 2008. Derbez previously was Mexico’s secretary of the economy (2000–2002) and secretary of foreign affairs (2003–2006). He also served as the National Action Party’s secretary for international relations (2007–2008) and national advisor (2007–2009). He declared his intention to seek his party’s nomination for president in May 2017. Derbez’s previous academic positions include director of the economics department and president of the Center on Globalization, Competitiveness and Democracy at the Tecnologico de Monterrey; adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University; and academic vice president for UDLAP. From 1983 to 1997, he worked at the World Bank, overseeing operations in Latin America and Asia, particularly in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Central America, India and Nepal, as well as in Central and West Africa. From 2000 to 2002, Derbez was president of Exportadora de Sal, S.A. and Transportes de Sal, S.A., public-private partnerships between the Méxican government and the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan. He served on the boards of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Nacional Financiera (NAFINSA), the National Exterior Commerce Bank (BANCOMEXT) and the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) from 2000 to 2006. Derbez has a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.