Trump administration poised to reveal goals for NAFTA talks

Trump administration poised to reveal goals for NAFTA talks
From CBC - July 17, 2017

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is expected to release today his negotiating objectives ahead of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement next month.

The goals for the renegotiation, as well as the Trump administration's rationale for how these objectives will lead to an agreement beneficial to the U.S.,mustbe published on the USTRwebsite, as required by Congress in accordance with the trade promotion authority granted to the White House for renegotiating a standing agreementlike this.

Formal talks to revise NAFTAare expected to start next month. Suchobjectives must be published 30 days in advance.

The Canadian government is not required to publish its negotiating objectives ahead of the formal talks, expected to start on or shortly after Aug. 17. The location for these talks has not been finalized yet.

While Canada has been consulting formally and informally an official consultation period expires Tuesdaypoliticians, officialsand negotiators have been talking to affected industries for weeks to prepare Canada's bargaining positions.

They are expected to continue to do so throughout the process, although Parliament does not require the kind of transparency Congress does.

"The other NAFTApartiesCanada and Mexico ... their position has been: the U.S. wanted to re-open this and modernize it. We are just coming along," International trade lawyer DanUjczotold CBC News last week."So I think in some ways the U.S. is going to set the agenda."

"If it comes out reallyshort and sweet with a very narrow set of lists, that's indicating that they want to get this done as quick as possible," he said. But if it is not a deep dive, Ujczo expects Congress to demand more specifics.

Congressional reviewtomorrow


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