Mexico taps member of original Nafta team to lead renegotiation

Financial TimesMexico has chosen a Washington, DC veteran and North American trade expert to lead the latest round of talks with US over modernising the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Mexican economy ministry appointed Kenneth Smith Ramos as the lead negotiator for Nafta talks, set to kick off August 18, reports James Frederick. The announcement was made on Monday at an entrepreneur summit in Mexico City.

Mr. Smith Ramos is currently the head of the trade and NAFTA office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington. His first job with the Mexican government was a member of the negotiating team of the original trade deal in 1993.

Mr Smith Ramos previously worked in Mexico’s agricultural ministry, known as SAGARPA, as the head of international affairs, overseeing trade for the agency. …

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