Minister Ng speaks with Mexico’s Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo at Free Trade Commission meeting
May 17, 2021 - Ottawa Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, in advance of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) Free Trade Commission (FTC) meeting.
Minister Ng and Secretary Clouthier discussed the importance of trilateral free trade in strengthening North American competitiveness and making progress on the implementation of the new NAFTA. They highlighted the growing economic relationship between Canada and Mexico, and their shared interest in inclusive trade that benefits small businesses, women, Indigenous peoples, and underrepresented groups in both countries.
Minister Ng reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to working closely with Mexico to address trade and investment issues, including rules of origin for the automotive industry and to support Mexico’s historic efforts on labour reform. She also reiterated Canada’s concerns about the current investment climate in Mexico, especially in its mining and energy sectors. Minister Ng emphasized the need for a timely resolution of these issues in order to provide long-term economic security for workers and industry.
Minister Ng and Secretary Clouthier welcomed the opportunity to participate in the first trilateral meeting of the FTC and agreed to continue working together to create jobs and to support workers in both countries to ensure long-term growth and prosperity and a strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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