Mexico City, December 18, 2014
Francisco N. González Díaz, CEO of ProMéxico, canceled today the postal stamp celebrating the 20th anniversary of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
“2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the North America Free Trade Agreement, an economic initiative that brought a transcendental shift in global integration frameworks. We have progressed greatly in these two decades: Canada, the United States and Mexico have now a wider and deeper integration than ever in all areas. Therefore, we captured the Monarch butterfly in these stamps as a symbol of NAFTA” said González Díaz.
He explained that the stamp is a metaphor of links between the three countries that constitute the largest free trade area worldwide, because these butterflies travel through the three countries during their journey.
“NAFTA meant a new paradigm in the Mexican economy. Its entry into force was the starting point for Mexico’s penetration to the global market, enabling it to become the tenth largest exporter globally and the leader in Latin America,” he pointed out.
A clear example of NAFTA’s impact in the Mexican economy is the increase in vehicle production. In 1993, the one million units produced in Mexico made it the third largest vehicle producer in North America. In 2013, the country tripled its capacity, producing more than three million cars and becoming the second largest producer in the region and recording the highest growth.
NAFTA intensified trade and investments in the region, but it also enabled the three member countries to increase exchange in numerous areas, such as technology development, education, energy and tourism.
“Our goal now is to boost innovation and knowledge transfer between our countries to increase well-being and prosperity,” he added.
With regard to the importance of presenting a stamp to celebrate 20 years of NAFTA, González Díaz explained that to him it is the best way to celebrate this anniversary because this stamp will last for generations and undoubtedly be a jewel of international stamp collecting.
The event, which was held in the Palacio de Correos de México—one of the country’s artistic monuments that is home to one of its oldest public services—, was presided over by Rafael Gerardo Couttolenc Güémez, engineer in charge of the Mexican Postal Service’s office and attended by members of the diplomatic corps and public officials.
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