Beyond NAFTA: Shaping the Future of North American Integration
By Dana Gabriel
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
In a move that signalled the importance placed on the NAFTA partnership, Mexicoâs new president visited the U.S. and Canada before his inauguration. This was seen as a step forward in further strengthening political, economic, energy and security ties between all three countries. Other recent high-level meetings and policy papers are also shaping the future of North American integration.
Before his recent trip to the U.S., Mexicoâs new President Enrique Pena Nieto emphasized in a Washington Post editorial the opportunity both countries have to build on their economic partnership. He explained that, âin NAFTA we have a solid foundation to further integrate our economies through greater investments in finance, infrastructure, manufacturing and energy.â As part of his governmentâs strategy to reduce violence, he stated that it is, âimportant that our countries increase intelligence-sharing and crime-fighting techniques and promote cooperation among law enforcement agencies.â In a White House press release, Pena Nieto invited President Barack Obama to participate in the next North American Leaders Summit which will take place in Mexico sometime in 2013. With regards to U.S.-Mexico relations, Obama said that he was also looking forward to finding ways, âto strengthen our economic ties, our trade ties, our coordination along the border, improving our joint competitiveness, as well as common security issues.â