On Friday, September 29, St. Mary’s University, the Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition, and the Rivard Report held a half-day program on the progress of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Former US Ambassador to Mexico under President George W. Bush, Tony Garza, shared the stage with Mexico’s current Ambassador to the United States Geronimo Gutierrez for the opening panel, outlining some of the top issues negotiated in the recent Ottawa rounds of the series. They also addressed questions surrounding the process and politics, stating that at the core of our treaty is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg shared the stage with Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico, Adrian De La Garza, who both shared that the jobs and investments that have developed since NAFTA went into effect in 1994 are substantial, tracking at 63,000 San Antonio jobs that are a direct result of the agreement, with an additional 135,000 indirectly tied.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been involved in the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017, submitting comments to the Administration and to Congress addressing major issues of importance to our locally-based companies in particular. We will continue to support our community’s efforts to remain engaged and will continue advocating on behalf of our Chamber members throughout this process.
We would like to congratulate St. Mary’s University, the Texas-Mexico Trade Coalition, and the Rivard Report on an excellent program.