USD to Discuss NAFTA, Fifteen Years Later

The University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute (TBI) and Ahlers Center will be hosting a conference to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Friday’s event is a special conference focusing on issues that specifically pertain to the United States and Mexico, stemming from the 1994 signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The conference aims to focus on the opportunities that exist to further strengthen U.S. and Mexico labor, business and environmental relations.

Participants include Herminio Blanco Mendoza, former Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development and chief negotiator for NAFTA; Andres Garza Herrara, President of Chamber Industry for Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Barbara Wright, CFO of Taylor Guitars; and Kevin Gallagher, NAFTA researcher and Professor of International Relations at Boston University.

Topics at the conference will focus on new business opportunities, sustainable, equitable wealth creation in and beyond the NAFTA region, new managerial talent and leadership styles to succeed in NAFTA, and opportunities to further synergize strengths, resources and vision to increase competiveness within the region and beyond.

The conference is open to the public and to the press, but space is limited. Please RSVP to (619)260-4090 or register at

WHO: Herminio Blanco Mendoza, Ph.D., former Mexico Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development, and Chief Negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Andres Garza Herrera, President of CAINTRA (Chamber of Industry for Nuevo Leon, Mexico), one of the most prestigious and influential trade organizations in Mexico

Barbara Wight, CFO of Taylor Guitars, with extensive international manufacturing and distribution experience

Kevin P. Gallagher, Ph.D., renowned researcher on NAFTA and Professor of International Relations at Boston University

WHAT: Discussion at USD’s Trans-Border Institute Beyond NAFTA: U.S. & Mexico Moving Forward

WHERE: University of San Diego
Trans-Border Institute, the Joan B. Kroc IPJ Theater
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA

WHEN: Friday, April 23, 2010  from 4:00 6:00pm

Please RSVP to (619)260-4090 or register at

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