The NAFTA renegotiations in a development perspective – Possible economic and social implications
Guest lecture with Dr. Antonio Ortiz-Mena, a leading expert on NAFTA issues; organized by NorLARNet and the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.
The launch of The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994 caused a major shift in the Mexican development model, but also in value chains within and beyond the North American continent. NAFTA has been praised for creating a booming automotive industry and a middle class in Mexico, but also criticized for deteriorating livelihoods in the Mexican countryside, negative environmental consequence and for contributing to industrial death in the USA. President Trump promised to get rid of NAFTA in his election campaign. As a result, NAFTA is currently under renegotiation. What kind of consequences may different possible outcomes of such a renegotiation have? These are the questions addressed in this guest lecture by Dr. Antonio Ortiz-Mena.
Antonio Ortiz-Mena is a Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group. He served for over eight years as the Head of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, advising U.S. companies with a presence in Mexico and Mexican companies with a presence in the U.S. on regulatory and government issues. In this role, he served as the Embassy Liaison with the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the G20 and the Mexico-U.S. High-level Economic Dialogue.
From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Ortiz-Mena was a Professor of International Political Economy at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City. Dr. Ortiz-Mena began his career in the Mexican government, where he held multiple senior advisory roles in the NAFTA Negotiation Office of the Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Budget and Programming Ministry. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus on International Political Economy, from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and a M.A. from the University of London.