Progress on the International Trade Agenda presented to Concamin

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Press Release No. 136/12
Mexico City, June 15 2012 

The Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Secretariat of Economy, Francisco de Rosenzweig, gave to the Foreign Trade Commission of the Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin), a progress report on the different processes of international trade negotiations in which Mexico participates.

During the meeting, the Undersecretary endorsed the federal government's commitment that Mexico's participation in any negotiation process is and will be in close association with the Mexican production sector.

Addressing industrialists affiliated to the Concamin, he called for them to continue working together on the current trade agenda, to benefit producers and the Mexican economy.

Undersecretary Rosenzweig addressed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and spoke of the desirability of the Concamin to support Mexico's inclusion to the initiative for the strategic benefits and implications afforded by joining the said trade agreement.

Regarding the Pacific Alliance, the Undersecretary recalled that in the IV Presidential Summit, held on June 6 in Antofagasta, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia signed the Framework Agreement to establish the Alliance, a legal instrument which lays the foundations of the initiative to promote convergence and regional integration.

He emphasized that Mexico has encouraged new mechanisms which favor the increase of bilateral trade with several Latin American countries, through the broadening and deepening of the Economic Complementation Agreement ECA 51, with Cuba; similarly, for the Partial Scope Agreements (PSA) 38, with Paraguay and 29, with Ecuador. He also mentioned progress in the negotiation of a PSA with Belize.

On another topic, he endorsed the willingness to negotiate, with the support of the production sectors, a list of environmental assets which directly and positively contribute to green growth and sustainable development objectives, in the context of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Mechanism.

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