Mexico and US attempt to conclude NAFTA negotiations by the end of year: Guajardo

The Mexican Secretary of Economy asserts that NAFTA negotiations will end before the elections to be conducted in both nations in 2018; Mexico will hold general elections, while the United States will hold midterm elections
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Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Wednesday there are "incentives" to wrap up the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the end of the year due to upcoming elections in the United States and Mexico.

"The incentives of the U.S. and Mexican electoral calendars encourage us both to try to finish (the renegotiation) by the end of 2017," Guajardo told Reuters.

U.S. mid-term elections and the Mexican presidential vote are slated for 2018.

"This doesn't mean that we'll set a date to finish ... It doesn't mean that we have an agreement to do so," said Guajardo.

Mexico sends the vast majority of its exports north to the United States, and local officials view the trilateral treaty as a lynchpin of their economy.

"Without coming to an agreement we'll try to work in that direction," he added.


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