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NAFTA After Twenty Years
Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Head of Section, Economic Affairs, Mexican Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The North American Free Trade Agreement was debated for years before it became reality. Now, after two decades, the assessment continues with a panel discussion, part of WorldFest Spotlight: Mexico, presented by the Council in partnership with the Town of Addison and the Consulate General of Mexico — Dallas. The goal of NAFTA was to enhance trade and business among Mexico, the United States and Canada. The agreement touched on such areas as intellectual property, environment, agriculture and transportation.

The panelist for "NAFTA After Twenty Years" include labor economist Pia Orrenius and Antonio Ortiz-Mena, head of Economic Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Panelist Orrenius manages the Texas Business Outlook Surveys and also is executive editor of the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. She co-authored the book Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (2010, AEI Press).

In 2004-05, she advised the Bush Administration on labor, health and immigration issues while serving as senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. She is a research fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. She is an adjunct professor in the executive MBA program at Baylor University's Dallas campus.

Mr. Ortiz-Mena's career includes serving as advisor to the Deputy Minister for Social and Regional Development and co-coordinator of the UNICEF-SPP research project on the social costs of the macroeconomic economic adjustment program in Mexico for the Mexican Budget and Programming Ministry from 1982-1988. From 1981 through 1991, he also was an advisor for the Mexican Fisheries Ministry (SEPESCA), participating in domestic and international issues. From 1991-1993, Ortiz-Mena was Director of Relations with Congress and State Governments for the Mexican Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development (SECOFI). And, from 1999 - 2006, he chaired the International Studies Department of the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics.

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Time: 12:00 PM Program & Luncheon
Place: Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Parkway,
Dallas, TX 75254
Tickets: $45 Individuals


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