Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Nava, Jose Manuel
Examines the state of economies in Latin America and the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement.
As political and economic reforms swept through Central America, leaders who once sought to distance themselves from the United States now began to forge closer ties with the U.S. Like many other Middle and South American countries, Mexico was in the process of privatizing its economy and actively sought foreign investment in order to stimulate development. Encouraged by the 1989 free trade agreement signed between Canada and the U.S., Mexico and the U.S. began negotiations over what would become the North American Free Trade Agreement, however domestic concerns about the agreement from both sides hindered the negotiation process. In the U.S., critics claimed any free trade agreement would cost American jobs, while proponents trumpeted the agreement as a way to bolster the economy and make the United States more internationally competitive with Japan. On the other side of the border, Mexican lawmakers sought to balance the need to expand Mexico's markets with the fear of reducing their country to a source of cheap labor for the U.S. Will a free trade agreement encourage more liberal global trade, boosting both the Mexican and American economies, or will it cost American jobs and limit Mexican advancement? In this episode, Peter Hakim of the Inter-American Dialogue and Mexican Journalist Jose Manuel Nava discuss the state of Latin American economies, as well as the proposed trade agreement's potential ramifications.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico; Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States; United States -- Foreign relations -- Latin America; Latin America -- Foreign relations -- United States; International Economics, Trade and Business; North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); Free Trade; Economy;
Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean; Mexico;
Connecticut Public TelevisionWorld Beat AssociatesGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.)Blackwell Corporation (Washington D.C.)Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceSouth Carolina Educational Television Network, 1986)