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Second Round of NAFTA Talks Opens in Mexico City

Officials are expressing optimism despite U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestions he could withdraw his country from the 23-year-old trade pact
By The News · 01 of September 2017 13:57:25
The flags of the nations involved in NAFTA renegotations: Mexico, Canada, and the United States, No available, photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

MEXICO CITY – Mexico, the United States and Canada have begun a second round of talks on re-negotiating North American Free Trade Agreement.

Officials are expressing optimism despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestions he could withdraw his country from the 23-year-old trade pact.

Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani is head of Mexico’s special economic zones agency. He says “there are conditions to negotiate, despite some statements.”

Gutiérrez Candiani adds that issues on the table include labor standards, local content rules and dispute resolution mechanisms.

The U.S. opposes the current system of private arbitration panels. Gutiérrez Candiani said Friday that “they are not agile enough, and mechanisms have to be sought that are more agile, more reliable.”

The first round of talks took place in Washington in mid-August.