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Postponed — The USMCA: A View from Mexico

This event has been postponed. Refunds will be issued to all registrants. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


If the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA, is approved, it will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and govern trade relations in North America. Most observers agree that as a whole, it is a better agreement and likely to deepen and broaden economic integration among all three member countries. Much work remains pending, however, including the final push for ratification of the agreement in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, and Mexico City.

The Baker Institute Mexico Center hosts H.E. Jesús Seade, undersecretary for North America in Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of the lead negotiators of the USMCA, who will address the current state of the ratification process and the likelihood of the USMCA’s passage.

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6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation



The cost of attendance is $20. Members of the Baker Institute Roundtable, Roundtable Emerging Leaders and Mexico Forum, as well as Rice University students, faculty and staff receive complimentary admission with the promotional code included in their email invitation.



Full refunds are available before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22. After this date, you may send an alternate to attend the event without an additional charge. For registration assistance, contact the events department at 713.348.4683 or

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Featured Speaker

His Excellency Jesús Seade is undersecretary for North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is an international negotiator, global academic and economic diplomat who has held top positions in the Mexican government, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and leading universities in the U.K., France, Hong Kong, China and Mexico. After three years in senior positions at the World Bank, Seade was appointed Mexico’s ambassador and chief negotiator in the creation of the WTO, and later elected as the WTO’s founding deputy director-general. Following this role, Seade served as a senior advisor at the IMF, where he was the top officer in charge of policy on major financial crises in three countries (Brazil, Turkey and Argentina). On July 1, 2018, Seade was appointed by Mexico President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador as his chief negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement/United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Seade currently oversees all matters related to the USMCA ratification process. Seade received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oxford.



Thu, April 25, 2019
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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