NAFTA Modernization and Border Adjustment Tax



WIT-Los Angeles and WIIT Washington, D.C., Partnering to Present

NAFTA Modernization

How Will it Impact US/Canada/Mexico Trade?

NAFTA renegotiation kicks off August 16 with an ambitious timetable and the stakes are huge. NAFTA has successfully integrated value chains that have made North America globally competitive, particularly with Asia. Sectors such as automotive and agriculture are urging negociators to do no harm.

At the same time, the renegotiation of the 23 year old Trade Program could use a refresh to address digital trade and e-commerce, virtually non-existent when NAFTA was first implemented in 1994.

This is the first of a special series jointly organized by WIIT-LA and WIIT. Future programs will cover areas such as agriculture, digital trade, e-commerce and government perspectives as the negotiations progress.

August 16, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m | Registration and Networking
11 a.m.- 2 p.m. | Program and Luncheon

Conference Center, Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel
2640 N Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815


Patricia Elliot
Counsil & Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consultate General of Canada in Greater Los Angeles, will provide Canada’s perspective on the NAFTA modernization and new topics including eCommerce and Intellectual Property.

Richard Swanson
Director of Pacific South Network (Region) of the Office of Domestic Operations for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS)


Address concludes with Fireside Chat and Q&A.
Panel of Industry Leaders to Follow.
Hear what NAFTA has mean to their industries
and where they think NAFTA can be improved. Includes Q&A.


Panel of Industry Leaders:
Ken Wengrod,
President & Co-Founder, FTC Commercial Group
Javier Martinez,
President & CEO, Martinez Brands
Daniel Guiterrez Topete, Managing Partner, Gutierrez, Diaz, Esparza, SC
Panel Moderated by Evelyn Suarez, Suarez Firm, Washington, DC

USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer gave notice to Congress on May 18, 2017 of the Administration’s intent to negotiate a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  The three countries are currently discussing the logistics for the talks to start August 16, 2017, the first possible day under the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority law.  As noted by House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Reichert “NAFTA has transformed the U.S. and North American economy.  It has reduced barriers to our exports and allowed American businesses to sell their goods and services more freely and competitively to markets around the world . . . Despite its success, NAFTA was negotiated more two decades ago, when the economic landscape looked very different. In 1994, the digital economy was in its infancy, Mexico had yet to undertake significant legal and regulatory reforms, and the North American supply chain had not yet fully developed.”

Hear from industry leaders in the automotive sector, agriculture and in retail about what NAFTA has meant to their industries and where they think NAFTA can be improved.  Representatives from the Mexican and Canadian governments will also offer their perspectives.  At the same time, House Republicans are seeking to impose a controversial border adjustment tax as part of a broader corporate tax plan.  Some say that the proposal would not comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.  Our industry panelists and Mexican and Canadian government officials will offer their views.

Members $45       Guests $65 

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