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Donald Trump Suggests Remaining in NAFTA, with Some Reforms

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Apr 3, 2017, 1:34 pm
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NAFTA reforms will make way for policies that promote Trump’s “Buy American” campaign, which will in turn affect sales in Mexico and Canada. (CNN)

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US President Donald Trump presented a draft of possible changes he could make to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to begin its renegotiation.

The document reflects that the president “will try to maintain and expand access to the current market” between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Among its proposals is the creation of a general safeguard mechanism as well as the establishment of a specific regulation known as a “snap back” that allows the increase of tariffs in situations of unexpected increases in imports that go beyond a certain volume and if the domestic price falls. This tariff is already applied among 154 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Donald Trump is also calling for the removal of a clause of NAFTA that allows Mexico, Canada, and the United States to challenge trade remedy measures that include antidumping installments or countervailing duties for prohibited subsidies.

Another important change is that the American president is suggesting is that the government currently has to consider offers from the three countries. However, the new draft submitted states that purchases would be carried out consistently with policies that privilege national purchases.

 

This reform would make way for policies that incentivize the “buy American” that has been championed by Donald Trump. However, American trade could be negatively impacted in Mexico and Canada since these measures could restrict the participation of Mexican and Canadian companies in US public biddings.

This was revealed in a draft notice that was sent to members of the United States Senate Finance Committees as well as to the House of Representatives.

Source: El Economista

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Ruling Party Declared Winner in Ecuador Presidential Election, Opposition Alleges Fraud

By: Karina Martín - Apr 3, 2017, 1:25 pm
Ecuador Presidential Election

Español Guillermo Lasso, the opposition candidate for the presidency of Ecuador, has vowed to challenge the results of April 2's presidential election, and says that the results announced by the National Electoral Council (CNE) are compromised by fraud. Lasso said he will demand a recount of votes and will challenge the results. Read More: Moreno Claims Victory over Lasso by Slim Margins, Lasso Campaign Cites Irregularities, Discusses Recount Read More: Why a "Neoliberal" Banking Mogul Could Win Ecuador's Presidency after 10 Years of Socialism Lasso called on his followers to defend their votes peacefully. "We can not allow a violation of the people's will," he said, after expressing his distrust of official results. "Let's act in the most peaceful but firm way in our protest, which is a legitimate right in our democracy, and we will say 'do not rob my vote' because we want a change in Ecuador," he added. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "They intend to say that the system turned off for twenty minutes, it was disconnected and then the counted votes magically increased from 20% to 90%," he said. Guillermo Lasso, also announced that his party will raise objections in all of the country's provinces because they do not match the original documents, and even showed an example of this on his Twitter account. https://twitter.com/LassoGuillermo/status/848730876636782592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fes.panampost.com%2Fpanam-staff%2F2017%2F04%2F02%2Fsegunda-vuelta-presidencial%2F This is just one example of documents that show inconsistencies. Their votes have been interchanged with ours. Likewise, the opposition candidate for the party Creando Oportunidades (CREO, Creating Opportunities) commented that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, is aware of all this information. Lasso's followers, who were also dissatisfied with the results, gathered to protest outside the National Electoral Council (CNE), claiming the consummation of an electoral fraud after three of four private pollsters declared the opposition leader had defeated Moreno. "Mr. Correa, do not play with fire [...] The people here do not fear you, we will continue challenging you, do not play with the people," Lasso said. The CNE had counted 93.54%  of the votes when it reported that the opposition candidate had 48.9% of the electoral roll, while Moreno had 51.1% of the votes counted. Sources: El Nuevo Herald; Diario las Américas; Caraota Digital.

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