Beyond NAFTA Conference

Beyond NAFTA: U.S. & Mexico Moving Forward Conference (2010)

The past 15 years we have learned from our successes and failures.
What can we do to propel us forward to greater growth and value creation?

This complimentary event addressed U.S. and Mexico labor, business and environmental relations stemming from the 1994 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As the U.S. and Mexico moved beyond the first 15 years of NAFTA, new paradigms for business and political reforms for trade and commerce need to take place.

The conference featured a plenary address and panel of experts from both U.S. & Mexico:

  • Herminio Blanco Mendoza, Ph.D., former Mexico Secretary of Commerce & Chief Negotiator of NAFTA
  • Andres Garza Herrera, President of CAINTRA (Chamber of Industry for Nuevo Leon, MX)
  • Barbara Wight, CFO of Taylor Guitars, with extensive international manufacturing experience
  • Kevin P. Gallegher, Ph.D., renowned NAFTA researcher and Professor at Boston University

No charge for this event. A hosted reception followed the program.

This event was co-sponsored by the Ahlers Center for International Business and the Trans-Border Institute.

Additional supporters for this event include the World Trade Center San Diego and several regional organizations that are collaborating to honor the Bicentennial and Centennial Anniversaries of Mexican Independence and the Mexican Revolution, respectively. These include the UCSD Center for US-Mexican Studies, the Institute of the Americas, the Consulado General de Mexico en San Diego, and the Mexico Business Center at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.