The president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced today that he will propose to nickname T-MEC the new trade agreement with the United States and Canada that replaces the NAFTA after this nickname won a survey on the social networks of the future president.
"I thank all those who participated in this survey who showed a clear preference for T-MEC," said López Obrador, who will ask his business negotiator Jesús Seade to propose this name to the outgoing president's team, Enrique Peña Nieto.
In the survey that López Obrador launched on Twitter a week ago, where 102,000 users voted, the T-MEC option (abbreviation of the Mexico-US-Canada Treaty) won 45% of the votes compared to 16% of TEUMECA ( US-Mexico-Canada Treaty) and 39% who rejected the two options.
For its part, on Facebook, where 58,000 users voted, T-MEC won with 75% of the votes compared to the 25% that reaped the TEUMECA option.
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.
But the team of López Obrador, who will assume the Presidency on December 1, emphasizes that USCMA is a name in English, and that the logical thing would be to adopt a name "in our language", Spanish, and advocate naming it "treated" instead of "agreement."
Mexico and the USA They arrived at the end of August to 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, in force since 1994.