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NAFTA Free Trade Commission Joint Statement - "A Decade of Achievement"


Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, United States Trade Representative; Fernando Canales, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy; and The Honourable James Peterson, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, are pleased to release the following Joint Statement, which outlines the overall results of the July 16, 2004, meeting of the NAFTA Free Trade Commission, in San Antonio, Texas.


Ten years ago, our countries launched a bold initiative: to create the world’s largest free trade area, one that would knit our countries together through freer trade and investment.  Today, as we look back over the record of the last decade, we are proud of the accomplishments.  We remain committed to the full implementation of the NAFTA, and to building upon our achievements to date.  By any measure, NAFTA has been a success.  The dismantling of barriers has led to increased trade and investment, growth in employment, and enhanced competitiveness.