By: Tracey Lowe
The Florida Chamber continues to monitor developments on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and provided an update on the status of negotiations during our November Global Florida webinar.
NAFTA was implemented in 1994 is currently being modernized. The United States, Canada and Mexico recently stated that they would extend NAFTA negotiations into next year. The fifth round of negotiations is scheduled to begin November 17th in Mexico City.
Last week’s Global Florida webinar, held in partnership with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, focused on the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
We were honored to be joined by The Honorable Neal Dunn, Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, who was introduced by Stan Connally, Jr., Chair-Elect , Florida Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Policy Council, and Chairman, President & CEO of Gulf Power Company. Congressman Dunn shared his support for creating a more equitable environment and improving market conditions for Florida growers under a modernized NAFTA.
We were also delighted to hear from Susan Harper, Consul General of Canada, and Ron Oleynik, Partner, Holland & Knight. Ms. Harper spoke on Canada’s unique relationship with Florida and its positive economic impact to our state’s economy, as well as the Canadian perspective on NAFTA modernization. Mr. Oleynik highlighted the benefits of modernizing NAFTA and the possible consequences of withdrawal. Alice Ancona, Director, International Strategy & Policy at the Florida Chamber of Commerce, provided an update on Florida’s trade numbers.
The Florida Chamber stands committed to working to expand Florida’s position as an international trade leader. Please mark your calendars for our next Global Florida webinar on Tuesday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m., which will focus on the Global Trade Outlook for 2018. Registration information will be provided at a later date.
Click here to read the Florida Chamber’s NAFTA letter.