MEXICO CITY – The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico is holding Monday its 101st General Assembly, an event to which Mexico’s four presidential hopefuls have been invited to express their respective opinions on subjects that the business organization considers vital for the nation’s development.
“Because of the times we’re living in, we want to discuss with the candidates – separately – their proposals and the matters that most interest us in the AmCham,” in order to see how much they “harmonize with our 2018-2024 agenda,” the president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Monica Flores, told EFE in an interview.
The chamber, which represents 1,450 member companies that make up 21 percent of GNP, has worked up a strategic agenda based on four main points: security and rule of law; bilateral Mexico-US relations; competition; and an energy agenda.
“We want to see how close the candidates are to our positions...We’re not interested in just hearing their ideas, but how they’re going to apply them, and to always maintain an open, constructive dialogue,” Flores said.
The 101st General Assembly, under the title “2018: Urgent Commitments to the Mexico We Love,” kicks off early Monday morning with a presentation by independent candidate and wife of former President Felipe Calderon, Margarita Zavala.
Afterwards comes the speech by leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, head of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), an alliance with the Social Encounter Party (PES) and the Labor Party (PT).
After a recess, the speakers will be Ricardo Anaya of the coalition led by the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and Jose Antonio Meade of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
The presentations will last about an hour each.
Giving an address during lunch will be Ambassador Carla A. Hill, who took part in drawing up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allying Mexico, Canada and the United States. The treaty has been in effect since 1994 and is currently on the way to renegotiation.
In that context, it was hoped that Mexico’s presidential candidates would take a stand in favor of the trade agreement, a source of uncertainty for the Mexican economy about which the hopefuls have said very little.
For the representative of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Monica Flores, the idea is to strengthen bilateral relations between Mexico and the United States, modernize NAFTA and go for an “integrated” agenda that includes security, health, talent and sustainable development, in order to spark a powerful upsurge in jobs and investment.