Texas A&M Transportation Institute to Release NAFTA 20 Years After at Chicago NAFTANEXT Summit

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will release a meta-analysis of research on NAFTA, revealing the trade agreement’s impacts on trade, energy and the environment over the last 20 years at the NAFTANEXT Summit. The NAFTANEXT Summit is a tri-national conference convened by The Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors, to be held at the Palmer House in Chicago April 22-25, 2014.

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Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) April 22, 2014

EVENT:            Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will release a meta-analysis of research on NAFTA, revealing the trade agreement’s impacts on trade, energy and the environment over the last 20 years. Trade expert Juan Carlos Villa, TTI’s Regional Manager, Latin America will be joined by Dr. Stephen Blank, Co-Chair of the North American Transportation Competitiveness Research Council to discuss key findings from the analysis, titled NAFTA 20 Years After, at the NAFTANEXTSummit. Mr. Amgad Shehata, Vice President of International Public Affairs at United Parcel Service (UPS) will provide comment, context and background from the perspective of the world’s largest package delivery service.

WHEN:             Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:30 AM CST

WHERE:         The Palmer House Hilton Hotel – State Ballroom (4th Floor)
                        17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

DETAILS:         Findings from NAFTA 20 Years After reveal substantial progress has been made towards the development of an integrated trade bloc by the three NAFTA countries. However, some barriers to economic success remain; this report gathers the knowledge base from two decades of study and identifies unresolved issues by category:

  •          Trade and transportation;
  •          Environment;
  •          Energy; and,
  •          Integration and Competitiveness.
Question and Answer Session: Representatives from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, in addition to the individuals mentioned above, will field questions from the media regarding the meta-analysis and implications for policy-makers.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend and cover the summit. Please RSVP for a complimentary media registration by contacting Jeff Agnew at jagnew(at)blakey-agnew(dot)com / (703) 203-8720.

About the Coalition

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) is a diverse coalition of more than 60 public and private organizations dedicated to increasing federal investment in America’s intermodal freight infrastructure. In contrast to single mode interests, CAGTC’s main mission is to promote a seamless goods movement transportation system across all modes to enhance capacity and economic growth. For more information on the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, please visit http://www.tradecorridors.org.


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