The Mexican government and Japanese businesses operating in that Latin American country will meet in Mexico on Aug. 24 to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is currently under renegotiations among Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. The plan was revealed by several insiders on Aug. 16. The Mexican government and Japanese companies have been meeting on a regular basis, but the upcoming gathering will be their first meeting since the launch of renegotiations of the trilateral trade deal.
The meeting will be attended by Mexican government officials overseeing the NAFTA renegotiations and senior members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mexico. According to sources close to the matter, the Japanese side will be briefed on developments in the NAFTA renegotiations and convey its requests. Officers from the Japanese Embassy in Mexico will also be present at the gathering. (Abridged)