Ag Sec. Perdue to host Mexican, Canadian counterparts here


By Mary Carr Mayle, Savannah Morning News (GA)

June 16, 2017


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will host Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa in Savannah on Tuesday a trilateral meeting as well as other joint events.


The three will tour the Georgia Ports and hold a press conference in the morning, then travel to Vidalia to participate in Georgia Department of Agriculture farm tours.


While there has been no official word on the substance of the meeting, Reuters news service — citing the Mexican government as a source — reports the agricultural officials are set to begin talks on renogotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Commodity News Service in Winnipeg, Canada, also reported NAFTA as the subject of the meeting, citing information from the Mexican agriculture ministry.


NAFTA is a treaty entered into by the United States, Canada and Mexico that was designed to eliminate tariff barriers to agricultural, manufacturing, and services; to remove investment restrictions; and to protect intellectual property rights. When it went into effect on Jan. 1, 1994, the three countries became the largest free market in the world, with combined economies of $6 trillion directly affecting 365 million people...