George H. W. Bush: "True Champion of Free Trade"
Mexico Partner Luis Rubio Barnetche was quoted by Latinvex as he remembered the late President George H.W. Bush. Latin America and its citizens are remembering the president for his negotiation of NAFTA and the Brady Plan debt relief. Mr. Rubio was a member of the team that negotiated NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government in 1994 and decided to pay his respects.
"George H.W. Bush was a true champion and true believer of Free Trade," says Mr. Rubio. "He had many accomplishments to be remembered for, including WTO and the liberalization of trade between US with Japan and China, but certainly one of his biggest accomplishments that he should be praised for was the negotiation of NAFTA, a trade agreement that would prove to be the template for modern trade agreements around the world. Mr. Bush truly believed on the virtue of strengthening local economies by strengthening integrated trade blocs. Those alliances and trade fundamentals that Mr. Bush help establish remain in place notwithstanding recent efforts to dismantle trade agreements."