Chairman Salmon to Convene Hearing on 20th Anniversary of NAFTA

Jan 10, 2014
Press Release
Witness panel to testify on accomplishments, challenges, and the way forward on future trade agreements

Washington—Next week, Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere will convene a hearing examining the successes and the remaining challenges of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the United States seeks to structure future trade agreements. Chairman Salmon released the following statement ahead of the hearing:

“This month marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a groundbreaking trade and economic partnership.  Since the signing of this landmark agreement, U.S. trade in goods and services with Canada and Mexico increased from $307 billion to $1.182 trillion in 2011.  NAFTA has been the impetus for the regional bilateral or multilateral trade agreements reached since then, and has provided important lessons as the U.S. seeks to build closer ties to trade and investment partners through the much anticipated Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Subcommittee looks forward to examining the successes and the remaining challenges inherent in the agreement in order to ensure future agreements, like the TPP, meet the needs of our citizens and our economy.”

The hearing will be streamed live here.

Details about Wednesday’s hearing are below:


DATE:                       Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TIME:                        2:00 p.m.

SUBJECT:                NAFTA at Twenty: Accomplishments, Challenges, and the Way Forward

WITNESSES:           Panel I

                                  The Honorable Carla A. Hills

                                  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

                                  Hills & Company International Consultants

                                   The Honorable David Dreier


                                  Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands


                                  Panel II

                                  Mr. Eric Farnsworth

                                  Vice President

                                  Council of the Americas and Americas Society

                                   Mr. Mark T. Elliot

                                  Executive Vice President

                                  Global Intellectual Property Center

                                  U.S. Chamber of Commerce

*NOTE: Witnesses may be added.


Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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