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May 7, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil--Roberto Azevedo of Brazil has been elected the first Latin American director-general of the World Trade Organization , the global body charged with moving forward stalled trade agreement talks. The choice of Azevedo over close rival Herminio Blanco, from Mexico, was seen as a victory for Brazil's goal of increasing its influence through multilateral institutions, as well as for Brazil's focus on a more “gradual approach to removing commercial barriers” and a significant role for the state, said Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo . At the national level, Mexico is more supportive of the types of free trade agreements favored by the United States and the European Union, who were said to have backed Blanco.
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WORLD
May 7, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil--Roberto Azevedo of Brazil has been elected the first Latin American director-general of the World Trade Organization , the global body charged with moving forward stalled trade agreement talks. The choice of Azevedo over close rival Herminio Blanco, from Mexico, was seen as a victory for Brazil's goal of increasing its influence through multilateral institutions, as well as for Brazil's focus on a more “gradual approach to removing commercial barriers” and a significant role for the state, said Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo . At the national level, Mexico is more supportive of the types of free trade agreements favored by the United States and the European Union, who were said to have backed Blanco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1997 | VERONIQUE de TURENNE
Assemblyman Nao Takasugi is one of 40 Californians who left Monday on a four-day trip to Mexico in an effort to increase trade between the state and its southern neighbor. The entourage--which includes several California legislators, business leaders and educators--will meet with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, Mexican Commerce Secretary Herminio Blanco, and the mayor-elect of Mexico City, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas. The group will also visit the Mexican stock exchange.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Progress in NAFTA Talks Reported: Negotiators said they made substantial gains as U.S., Canadian and Mexican delegations ended a round of talks on labor and environmental safeguards under the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement. Herminio Blanco, head of the Mexican delegation, had an upbeat assessment at a news conference closing two days of talks aimed at side agreements to protect workers and the environment under NAFTA.
BUSINESS
March 11, 1996 | Times Staff Reports
Explain, Senor: The steep rise last week in interest rates and the decline in Mexico's stock market after two months of relative stability should inspire plenty of questions for Mexican Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Development Herminio Blanco when he speaks in San Diego on Wednesday. At a luncheon sponsored by the San Diego Economic Development Corp.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2000 | Associated Press
Mexico reached a free-trade agreement with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, ending eight years of negotiations. The pact calls for trade barriers to be dismantled over 11 years for industrial products and 12 years for agricultural products. It would take effect Jan. 1 if it is ratified by the Mexican Senate and the legislatures of the three Central American countries. Officials of the four countries reached the agreement after settling differences over Mexican exports of beer and steel.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2000
Herminio Blanco, Mexico's commerce and industrial development secretary, makes the first U.S. visit of a high-ranking Mexican official since that country's historic presidential election when he arrives in Los Angeles on Thursday to deliver a speech on the legacy of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Blanco will also discuss how President-elect Vicente Fox's economic plans are expected to affect U.S.-Mexico trade relations.
NEWS
November 28, 1999 | From Associated Press
Mexicans will be able to import old pickup trucks for agricultural use starting next year under a new government rule to help poor farmers, a Mexico City newspaper reported Saturday. The announcement Friday from the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Promotion comes as the government prepares to launch a policy requiring motorists to leave deposits of up to $800 for foreign-registered cars when traveling into the interior of Mexico.
NEWS
December 17, 1998 | From Reuters
The Mexican Senate has rejected a key provision of a proposed film law that had sought to force theaters to reserve 10% of screen time for Mexican movies, it was reported Wednesday. Backers had hailed the law as a way of reviving Mexico's film industry by helping it compete against Hollywood. The law will probably have to wait until the new legislative session next year, as legislators are currently debating the 1999 budget, the newspaper Reforma said.
BUSINESS
February 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday began their biggest push yet to complete a free trade agreement. For the first time since the countries started serious talks last June, the chief negotiators and the 19 subgroups that concentrate on specific issues are meeting in the same place for a week. Their chief task is to resolve several hundred disputes they wrote into a first draft of the pact last month. "The environment is excellent," lead U.S.
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