Alan J. Stoga, Founder and President, Zemi Communications (Moderator)
What's at stake in the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations? What would happen in the absence of NAFTA? How can Mexico open up its economy and adapt to the U.S. protectionism? These questions and more were taken up by experts, who covered the "Donald Trump effect" in the neighboring country and on the region's competitiveness. A slowdown in investment in Mexico is already happening due to Trump's rethoric, says COMEXI's Luis Rubio. Mexico should be opening its economy regardless of the U.S. trade policy, says orginal NAFTA negotiator Luis de la Calle. For former federal legislator Agustín Barrios Gómez, the consequences are wider than economic: "We're not neighbors, we're roommates," he explains. A "passive-aggressive" Mexico can affect U.S. plans on security and foreign policy, Barrios Gómez says. For Alan Sotga, the talks are a template for future U.S. trade policy.