Mexico’s Foreign Trade Offices Face the Ax as AMLO Pushes Social Spending
Trade Attorney Carlos Véjar commented on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plans to pass a law that would close Mexico's economy ministry offices in cities from Washington to Geneva, arguing that it would help free up billions of dollars to be spent on the nation's most destitute communities.
"I'm definitely concerned that the people working in places like the Nafta office in Washington or before the WTO could be replaced by people at the foreign service that lack expertise on trade matters," said Mr. Véjar, who served at the Ministry of Economy of Mexico as general counsel for international trade for more than six years. "You lose the capacity to react properly to future measures. Many trade issues have been resolved by the presence of Mexican experts in the U.S."