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Program Description: We’re off to the races. USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer gave notice to Congress on May 18, 2017 to Congress of the Administration’s intent to negotiate a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That means that negotiations can officially start on August 18, 2017. What does this mean for business built around NAFTA for the past 23 years? Certainly, NAFTA could use an update in certain areas.
For example, e-commerce had hardly begun in 1994.
Hear from industry leaders in the automotive sector, agriculture and in retail about where they think NAFTA can be improved. Representatives from the Mexican and Canadian governments will also offer their perspectives. At the same time, House Republicans are seeking to impose a controversial border adjustment tax as part of a broader corporate tax plan. Some say that the proposal would not comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Early signs indicate that the Administration and the U.S. Senate might not support the House plan. Our industry panelists and Mexican and Canadian government officials will offer their views.