Mexico`s inclusion in NAFTA has allowed it to achieve a level of parity with the United States that other Latin American trading partners could reach within several years. But before that happened, officials in Mexico, the United States and Canada spent years comparing food regulatory standards and making changes that would allow this trade partnership to move forward on a common basis. No other Latin American country has tried, let alone achieved, what Mexico has done to date to justify its inclusion in a regional trade agreement with the United States. In the years following NAFTA, trade between the United States and its North American neighbours has more than tripled and grown faster than U.S. trade with the rest of the world. Canada and Mexico are the two largest destinations for U.S. exports and account for more than one-third of the total. Most estimates conclude [PDF] that the agreement has increased the United States. Gross domestic product (GDP) of less than 0.5 percent, an addition of $80 billion to the U.S. economy in full implementation or several billion dollars of additional growth per year.
Such benefits of trade often escape attention, because although the costs are highly concentrated in certain sectors such as auto manufacturing, the benefits of an agreement such as NAFTA are widely distributed across society. PROPONENTS of NAFTA estimate that about fourteen million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Canada or Mexico and that the nearly two hundred thousand export-related jobs created each year by the pact pay an average of 15 to 20 percent more than the jobs lost.  In implementing these objectives of transboundary cooperation on water and environmental protection, implemented by the United States and Mexico, the BECC may have one or both priorities12: in addition, in accordance with Article III of the Washington Agreement, the BECC has a Board of Directors, a Director General and a Deputy Director General. an Advisory Committee and other officials and servants established in the border area for the performance of such tasks as the BECC may define. Globalization and the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet, e-mail and satellite television have fostered closer dialogue between resistance movements and fostered more coherent forms of struggle. . . .