August 4, 2021

López Obrador opens voting on social networks on new name of NAFTA

López Obrador opens voting on social networks on new name of NAFTA

The president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, today opened a survey on his social networks to choose the name in Spanish of the new trade agreement with the United States and Canada.

The text that has resulted from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took more than a year, is known to date as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, USMCA for its acronym English.

However, the leftist politician indicated in his Twitter account that Jesus Seade, who accompanied the team of President Enrique Peña Nieto in the renegotiation as representative of the next administration, does not consider that the USMCA acronym is "adequate."

Under the question "What name do you think best of the following proposals?", López Obrador offers three options, which can be voted by users of the social network over five days.

The first is "TEUMECA" (United States-Mexico-Canada Treaty), the second is "T-MEC" (Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty) and the third is "none of these".

In a series of messages, the leader of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) exposes the argument of Seade, who defends that "it would be advisable to correct" the name that has been established in Mexico "for lack of a proper name".

"This name, as well as some translations that have been made, carry the 'A' of 'agreement'", but this instrument has the quality of "treaty" in Mexico, said the president-elect.

Also, Seade's reasoning emphasizes that "USCMA" is a name in English, and that it would be logical to adopt a name "in our language".

The López Obrador team says it has contacted the current economy secretary, Ildefonso Guajardo, and the Foreign Relations, Luis Videgaray, who have led the renegotiation of NAFTA, in force since 1994.

Both parties agreed that the new name in Spanish should be made up of the list of the three countries, as is the case with its English version, which should start with the "T" of "treaty" and that should be "pronounceable" in Spanish .

Mexico and the USA At the end of August, a new one arrived at a new bilateral trade agreement that left the door open at the entrance to Canada.

Finally, Canada announced its incorporation on September 30, so that the pact will remain trilateral, respecting the nature of NAFTA.


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