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Experts Discuss Trade Between U.S., Mexico and Canada at AWC

Experts speak on trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Arizona Western College in Yuma.
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Left to right: Ana Guevara, U.S. Department of Commerce; Guillermo Malpica Soto, Mexican Consulate in Washington, D.C.; Gavin Nardocchio-Jones, Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles and AWC President Daniel Corr

Experts said the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada is strong during a forum Tuesday at Arizona Western College in Yuma.

A panel of government trade and economic officials spoke about the impacts of the trade agreement between the three countries known as USMCA on Yuma County and San Luis Rio Colorado. The USMCA is the successor trade pact to the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Between 2015 and 2017, Arizona exported an average of $10.5 billion annually to Mexico and Canada, according to state chamber officials. More than 228,000 Arizona jobs depend on trade with the two countries.

Guillermo Malpica Soto is the head of the Trade and NAFTA Office for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. He said the current realities of longer wait times at ports of entry and President Trump’s threat to close the border over migrant asylum seekers is worrisome for trade.

“The impact on trade flows is starting to hurt both sides of the border and we need to tackle that,” Malpica Soto said.

Also presenting Tuesday were Ana Guevara of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Gavin Nardocchio-Jones of the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles.

The mayors of Yuma, San Luis, San Luis Rio Colorado and Wellton were also in attendance.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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