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NAFTA – A Dozen Years Later

Category: Luncheons
Date(s) and Time(s): Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 11:30 AM - Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 01:30 PM
Venue: China One International Buffet
Address: 525 Water St.
City / State / Country: Santa Cruz / CA / US
Organizer / Promoter: MBITA
Phone: 831-335-4780
Email: cristina@mbita.org
URL: http://www.mbita.org
Description: The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and the Monterey Export Assistance Center (EAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) cordially invite you to attend a special luncheon meeting in Santa Cruz.

The luncheon has the objective of promoting business, trade, investment and tourism opportunities between Mexico, Canada and California. The discussions will evolve around issues and factors behind the success and failures of the NAFTA Agreement. Security, trade and investment with the NAFTA partners will also be discussed with comments on how NAFTA, 12 years after its implementation, is succeeding.


Dr. William Arrocha, Assistant Professor, International Trade Policy Program, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) (www.miis.edu)
Revisiting NAFTA: A success story or a failed agreement
Although NAFTA responded to different interests it had a common purpose: to further integrate the North American Economy. This purpose was based on the idea that by ‘locking’ open market and investment policies, all members would benefit from a more efficient use of their comparative advantages. After a decade the results are mixed. Trade and investment have increased among NAFTA members and trade and investment disputes have been resolved efficiently. However, there are many areas where NAFTA partners need to make progress or face setbacks that could jeopardize the intent of the agreement.

Barbara Giacomin, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco will speak from a Canadian perspective on the latest issues of NAFTA, which has been viewed in Canada as a success and its North American partners having created the world\'s largest trading block. Canada remains committed to ensuring that NAFTA continues to help us realize the full potential of a more integrated and efficient North American economy. Ms. Giacomin will also address the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North American (SPP) between NAFTA partners which outlines objectives for shared security, prosperity and quality of life and reaffirms their commitment to advancing a positive agenda for the continent.

Miguel Hernández, Mexico Desk Officer at Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs, Department of Commerce will speak on Perspectives & Prospects of Doing Business under NAFTA
--NAFTA at 12 year Overview
--NAFTA and California Exports
--Best Prospects for U.S. Exports to Mexico
--Update on Free Trade Agreement Negotiations and New Export Opportunities

For speaker bios visit http://www.mbita.org/nafta_bios.pdf

Date Wed., May 31, 2006
Place China One International Buffet
525 Water St.. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Time Noon lunch to 1:30 pm, 11:30am registration
Price $25 members; $35 non-members
(online registration until Mon. May 29 @ 5:00pm)
Pay @ door: $30 members, $40 non-members
(cash or checks only)

Reservations required

Contact the MBITA office at 831-335-4780 cristina@mbita.org
More information and online registration at www.mbita.org/events/home.php

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