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Trade

North American heads of state met in Mexico on Wednesday to discuss the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

While the trade numbers justify applauding and celebrating the NAFTA agreement 20 years after its inauguration (January 1994), there remains a lot of “behind the scenes” tension, conflict and unresolved issues.

After taking a beating from China, Mexico's exports are beginning to compete.
North Americans now overwhelmingly support NAFTA, so why can't their governments move toward further integration?
The North American Free Trade Agreement created more jobs for Mexicans, but it was only a start.

Today, Mexico is Arizona’s largest trading partner, yet perceptions of the border often identify it as a security threat rather than as an economic opportunity.

Panama and Colombia are expected to sign a bilateral free trade agreement in Panama City today, finalizing a commitment that was reached by the two countries last June. Panamanian Minister of Commerce and Industry Ricardo Quijano and Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Sergio Díaz-Granados will participate in the official treaty-signing ceremony.

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