AS/COA hosted a presentation of Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui’s book, Reflections on Mexico’s International Trade Policies (2006-2012). Leycegui’s book originates from a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Economy and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) with the purpose of showcasing the important role foreign trade has played in Mexico’s economy since the country opened its markets in the mid-1980s. The book contains reflections on Mexico’s international trade policy both from within the country as well as from outside. It details the rationale behind the trade agenda implemented from 2006 to 2012 and the main results, challenges, and lessons from this process. It also explores what the trade agenda will bring in the future. The book is composed of contributions from a variety of contributors such as the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab and Mexico’s Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari.
Beatriz Leycegui Gardoqui has more than 20 years of experience working in international trade. She has been a researcher at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) since 2011. Previously, she worked as a professor there. She served as undersecretary of foreign trade at the Secretariat of the Economy from December 2006 to August 2011. She was also a partner at SAI Consultores, S.C., a law and economics consulting firm. Leycegui has served as legal director of the Trade and Industrial Development Secretariat (now the Secretariat of the Economy) during the NAFTA negotiations. She is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho and she has a Master’s in international relations from Columbia University in New York.