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Trump, NAFTA and the Future of US-Mexico Economic Relations

26 April 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Chatham House, London


Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy, Mexico



The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been the foundation of US-Mexico economic relations since it came into force in 1994. After more than two decades and with the election of President Donald Trump – who described NAFTA as the ‘worst trade deal ever’ – this relationship is facing an uncertain future. The Trump administration seeks to significantly alter its provisions, but what might an updated NAFTA look like? If the agreement gets dissolved, what will be the implications for American and Mexican businesses and workers, and more broadly, for the global economy? With the future of NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unclear, will Mexico consider alternative economic strategies, strengthening its relations with other trade partners, such as China, the EU and the UK after Brexit?

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s secretary of economy, will join us at Chatham House for a discussion on US-Mexico economic relations, the uncertain future of NAFTA and the prospects for the US, Mexican and world economy.

This event is part of the US and Americas Programme ongoing series on US and European Perspectives on Common Economic Challenges. This series examines some of the principal global challenges that we face today and potentially differing perspectives from across Europe and the US.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.