U.S. and Mexican Business Leaders Look Forward

U.S. and Mexican Business Leaders Look Forward

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA

Executives and administrators from Mexico and the U.S. discussed NAFTA and other topics during the U.S.-Mexico CEOs Dialogue. Photo by Gustavo Dominguez

NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff participated in the December 6 and 7, 2016, meeting in Mexico City of the United States–Mexico CEO Dialogue, organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mexico’s Business Coordinating Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial).

High on the agenda was discussion of the result of the U.S. presidential election and its implications for U.S.-Mexico trade and economic relations. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spent two hours with the group, which included the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker , ambassadors from both countries, and several Mexican government ministers. U.S. business leaders cautioned their counterparts against making any drastic adjustments before the Trump Administration lays out policy proposals.

The goal of this dialogue is to continue to develop recommendations for the new U.S. secretary of commerce and Mexico’s economy ministry on ways to optimize, transform, and enhance North American trade and competitiveness. Specific areas for further work are the development of ideas for the enhancement and updating of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and implementation of new technologies that facilitate secure and timely cross-border freight transportation and create a “smart border.”

Cosgriff Visits Key Partners in Mexico

During his visit to Mexico City, Mr. Cosgriff held a series of meetings to advance NEMA priorities in several areas. A key theme was Mexico’s energy reforms and their important implications and opportunities for NEMA member companies.

Joined by NEMA Director for Latin America Gustavo Dominguez Poo, Mr. Cosgriff visited the leaders of NEMA’s association counterpart in Mexico, CANAME President Pablo Moreno and Executive Director Salvador Padilla. They discussed continued CANAME-NEMA collaboration and cooperation in 2017. A central theme of the discussion was electrical safety and the progress that needs to be made in Mexico to prevent counterfeit products from entering the market and being installed.

Mr. Cosgriff and Mr. Dominguez, who is based in Mexico City, visited ANCE, the leading standards developer and testing and certification organization for electrical products in Mexico, and CRE, Mexico’s energy sector regulator.

CRE Commissioner for Electricity Marcelino Madrigal Martínez spoke in part about CRE’s plans to develop standards for utility equipment that would replace those heretofore written by the state-owned utility, CFE, and the commission’s strong interest in cybersecurity.

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