Mexico seeks expanded trade with EU

Mexico City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The Mexican government plans to "deepen" its trade relations with the European Union this year via negotiations set to start in a few months, Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said.

"The dialogue should start some time in the summer," Guajardo told reporters after taking part in the "Mexico: Opportunity and Growth" forum.

Mexico is not looking to renegotiate the free trade agreement signed in Lisbon in 2000 but to "expand the treaty" to promote development in a knowledge-based economy, Guajardo said.

The trade agreement should incorporate "issues of technological modernization", such as information technology and e-commerce, that were not discussed when the pact was being drafted, the economy secretary said.

Mexico may also introduce an "agricultural chapter" in the talks with the EU, Guajardo said.




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