San Antonio Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Perez was invited to testify in support of the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at a U.S. Senate field hearing on Monday, November 20. Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness John Cornyn (R-TX) presided over the hearing which was held at the Marriott Plaza Hotel where NAFTA was originally signed into law in 1992.
Richard advocated on behalf of the Chamber’s more than 2,100 members, focusing specifically on issues affecting locally based industries with a strong trade relationship within the region such as energy, automobile manufacturing, and retail. Our community largely benefits from trade with Mexico in particular, and the uncertainty of the negotiations has affected future investments in our area.
Richard joined a panel of industry representatives from across the state, including Mitch Bainwol, CEO & President for Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Paola Avila, Chair for Border Trade Alliance; Jeff Moseley, CEO for Texas Association of Business; Russell Boening, President for Texas Farm Bureau; and the Honorable Todd Staples, President for Texas Oil and Gas Association.
Round five of the Tri-lateral negotiations ends today in Mexico City. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will continue to advocate for a stronger NAFTA, including making trade a federal issue priority for our 2018 SA to DC trip scheduled for January 29 through February 1, 2018. For more information visit our website at https://www.sachamber.org/events/sa-dc-2018.
Belinda Garza Hartwig
VP of Economic Development