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The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into force in July 2020, replacing the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement retains most of NAFTA's commitment to lowering trade barriers, and modernizes some elements such as those relating to the digital economy, although trade openness in the automotive industry has been rolled back.

At the North American Leaders' Summit in November – the first such meeting since 2016 – the three leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to trilateral ties.

What impact has the USMCA had in the past year, and what opportunities has it created for the three countries? Will USMCA foster more economic integration in the region? What impact will the agreement have outside of North America? And how does USMCA fit into the changing trends of global trade?

Join our webinar to hear from Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Antonio Ortiz Mena, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group, about the importance of USMCA for North American trade and economic relations. They will also discuss the progress of the deal and identify opportunities that USMCA presents to the region and beyond.

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.


Joshua Meltzer is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. At Brookings, Meltzer works on international trade law and policy issues with a focus on the World Trade Organization and large free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Specific areas of focus include digital trade where he leads the Digital Economy and Trade Project. Meltzer also works on financing for sustainable infrastructure.

Prior to joining Brookings, Meltzer was posted as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for trade, climate and energy issues and prior to that he was a trade negotiator in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Antonio Ortiz Mena is a Senior Vice President at ASG, where he provides strategic counsel and assistance to clients across Latin America and on trade matters.

Prior to joining ASG, Dr. Ortiz-Mena served for over eight years as the Head of Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, advising U.S. companies with a presence in Mexico and Mexican companies with a presence in the U.S. on regulatory and government issues. In this role, he served as the Embassy Liaison with the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as the G20 and the Mexico-U.S. High-level Economic Dialogue. He was also responsible for U.S.-Mexico energy, telecommunications, and aviation issues, and oversaw trade and investment promotion.

Language English
Date and Time 2022/02/22 08:30 to 09:30
Venue This seminar will take place online
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Mabel Chan
Tel: 28231278
Fee Members @ HK$100 / Non-Members @ HK$200
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