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Panel: Digital trade missed by original NAFTA can no longer be ignored [Austin American-Statesman]

A key factor that should be discussed when renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement isn’t even in the original agreement, according to Google’s public policy manager, Kate Sheerin.

NAFTA 2.0 needs to evolve with the times by addressing the digital trade and economy, according to representatives from Mexico, the United States and the tech industry. It should reflect how the “economy now is globally digitized,” said Patrick Schaefer, executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness.

Sheerin and Schaefer were among the panelists who spoke at South by Southwest Interactive’s Casa México session that focused on the gains and shortcomings of the 24-year-old trade pact among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The panel discussed how NAFTA should modernize in the face of digital advances that have changed trade.

 

Read more: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/panel-digital-trade-missed-original-nafta-can-longer-ignored/mvgwuel14arrIhpLP9GDkL/

Mar 11, 2018

El Paso Prime Time: The Hunt Institute [KTEP]

Guest host Richard Dayoub of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce chats with Patrick Schaefer, the new executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness.  The institute is located on the UTEP campus and collects and maps data on the Borderplex region, which consists of Southern New Mexico, West Texas, and Northern Chihuahua.  The Paso del Norte trade route was a north-south and east-west trade route for centuries, and it remains so to this day.  The Hunt Institute aims to find solutions to facilitate cooperation between the two nations.

 

Read more: http://ktep.org/post/el-paso-prime-time-hunt-institute

Mar 12, 2016

Hunt Institute: Borderland’s unique location could bring in dollars [KVIA]

EL PASO, Texas – The Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness wants to help the City of El Paso increase the region’s economic development.

At the request of Rep. Alexsandra Annello, Patrick Schaefer, the Institute’s executive director, shared research and market analysis tools for the Paso del Norte Region with City Council and Mayor Dee Margo.

Schaefer told the Council it’s important for officials in El Paso, Southern New Mexico and the Chihuahua area to think collaboratively.

 

Read more: Hunt Institute: Borderland’s unique location could bring in dollars – KVIA

Jan 8, 2018

América del Norte permanecerá aún sin el TLCAN: analista [Informador.mx]

La región de América del Norte se mantendrá unida aunque se cancele el Tratado de Libre Comercio por las relaciones económicas, entre las empresas y personales de sus habitantantes. Así lo indicó Alan Bersin de Wilson Center quien participará en el II Seminario Internacional Aspen-FIL este día.

Read more: https://www.informador.mx/economia/America-del-Norte-permanecera-aun-sin-el-TLCAN-analista-20171128-0082.html

Nov 28, 2017

Building Bridges [St. John’s College]

Living a handful of miles from people with a different system of government, set of cultural practices, lifestyle ideals, language, and regulatory systems, can be challenging. In fact, according to Patrick Schaefer (A00), the set-up tends to engender distrust. But he thinks he can help.

Read more: https://www.sjc.edu/news/building-bridges

Nov 7, 2017

The Godfather of Mexican Manufacturing Couldn’t Care Less About Donald Trump [Bloomberg]

In Ciudad Juárez, along the U.S.-Mexico border at the foot of the Sierra Madre, a dark blue Range Rover winds through the empire built by Jaime Bermúdez Cuarón. The vehicle is carrying two of the 94-year-old real estate magnate’s sons and two of his adult grandchildren; bodyguards follow in two cars. Juárez isn’t besieged by drug cartel violence quite like it was a decade ago, but the elite are still targets. And the Bermúdezes, who’ve amassed a fortune establishing Mexico’s central role in the rise of globalization, are most definitely elite.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-10-12/the-godfather-of-mexican-manufacturing-couldn-t-care-less-about-donald-trump

Oct 12, 2017

El Paso-Juárez ideal for energy hub, experts say [El Paso Times]

Mexico’s opening of its energy markets to private companies could bring an economic boost to the El Paso-Juárez region by making this area a cross-border energy hub, energy experts say.

Read more: http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2017/08/31/el-paso-texas-juarez-mexico-binantional-energy-hub/591146001/

Aug 31, 2017

Los caminos de Slim, Trump y la CFE se cruzan en la frontera con EU [El Financiero]

Los caminos de Donald Trump, Carlos Slim y la Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) se cruzan en la frontera de México con Estados Unidos, en la zona donde el presidente asegura que construirá un muro que pagará su vecino del sur.

Read more: http://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/empresas/los-caminos-de-slim-trump-y-la-cfe-se-cruzan-en-la-frontera-con-eu.html

Jan 27, 2017

Hunt Institute Director Part of Bi-National Energy Forum [UTEP]

Patrick Schaefer, executive director of UTEP’s Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, was a panelist at the U.S.-Mexico Energy Forum on Dec. 9, 2016, at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Read more: https://www.utep.edu/www-engage/utep-hunt-institute-director-part-of-bi-national-energy-forum.html

Jan 8, 2017

El Paso City Council postpones vote on $10 minimum wage for City contractors [KVIA]

Patrick Schaefer, executive director of UTEP’s Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, was a panelist at the U.S.-Mexico Energy Forum on Dec. 9, 2016, at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Read more: http://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso/council-discussing-10-minimum-wage-for-employees-of-contractors-hired-by-city/189651804

Nov 28, 2016

El Paso City Council postpones vote on $10 minimum wage for City contractors [KVIA]

Patrick Schaefer, executive director of UTEP’s Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, was a panelist at the U.S.-Mexico Energy Forum on Dec. 9, 2016, at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

Read more: http://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso/council-discussing-10-minimum-wage-for-employees-of-contractors-hired-by-city/189651804

Nov 28, 2016

UTEP’s Hunt Institute Releases Landmark Energy Report [El Paso Herald-Post]

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness has released a first-of-its-kind report that clarifies the region’s structure and regulation of energy resources.

The groundbreaking Paso del Norte Energy Sector Review offers details and comparisons of the economic structures that govern U.S. and Mexican energy markets and impact the bi-national economies around West Texas, southern New Mexico and northern Mexico.

Read more: https://elpasoheraldpost.com/uteps-hunt-institute-releases-landmark-energy-report/

Nov 20, 2016

Fronteras 615: Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness – Patrick Schaefer

Fronteras host Monica Ortiz-Uribe discusses with the Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, Patrick Schaefer. The Hunt Institute does research on understanding the energy resources available in the Tri-state area and finding solutions for the various energy resources that can benefit everyone in the region.

 

Jul 7, 2016

Security Management: Beyond the Border Security Discussion [ASIS International]

Patrick Schaefer, executive director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, discusses the challenges of studying the U.S.-Mexico border, and how his organization uses data to inform stakeholders on everything from public health to commerce and security.

Listen here: https://adminsm.asisonline.org/Pages/smpodcasts.aspx?p=7

 

Mar 30, 2016

Workers in Mexico’s border factories say they can barely survive, so they’re turning to unions [WLRN]

A study by the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness at the University of Texas at El Paso shows factory wages in Juárez are among the lowest in Mexico, and plant manager salaries are among the highest. When compared to manufacturing wages in China, Mexico is now 40 percent cheaper.

Read more: http://wlrn.org/post/workers-mexicos-border-factories-say-they-can-barely-survive-so-theyre-turning-unions

 

Mar 1, 2016

Border leaders say progress is being made [El Paso Inc.]

There is a lack of understanding in Washington, D.C. about the border that is undercutting the region’s ability to grow and solve the problems that have long plagued the region, U.S. Rep. William Hurd, R-Texas, said last week during the U.S.-Mexico Summit.

“If people don’t understand it, you can’t have a serious conversation about it and can’t come up with solutions and action,” said Hurd, whose district stretches from El Paso to San Antonio.

But Hurd – and other border leaders who echoed his comments – also expressed optimism that progress is being made. New programs, technology and infrastructure investments are decreasing wait times and speeding trade, they said. Perceptions are also slowly changing as the Hispanic population in the United States grows.

Read more: http://www.elpasoinc.com/border-leaders-say-progress-is-being-made/article_9a0d85d8-3f83-11e5-8745-27b0f2fbcef9.html

 

Aug 10, 2015

September 2016, Speaker Series: Mónica Ortiz-Uribe

On September 30, 2016, guest speaker Mónica Ortiz-Uribe, Senior Field Correspondent for KJZZ’s (NPR affiliate station in Phoenix) Fronteras Desk discussed the “Industrial Labor Issues in Mexico” from a journalist’s point of view, with a specific focus on Ciudad Juarez.

 

Border Crossing Research Visioning Meeting

On September 16, 2016, the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness and the Center for Inter-American Border Studies organized a Border Crossing Research Visioning meeting on the nexus of issues involved in ordinary border crossing activities. This meeting brought together community representatives from public organizations, NGO’s and academia to share their views on the dynamics of the border. Participants explored possible research projects to develop methods for improving crossing times, reducing environmental impacts, and implementing mechanisms for effective border management.

April 2016 Speaker Series: Ioan Grillo

An English journalist and writer based in Mexico City, Ioan Grillo has been reporting on the Mexican Drug War the Latin American illegal drug trade since 2001. He is the author of the books “Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars”, “Killing Fields”, “The New Politics of Latin America”, and “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency”.

Invitation

Book Presentation:
Ambassador Miguel Basañez

On February 23, 2016 The Hunt Institute, in collaboration with the Center for Inter-American Border Studies and the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, hosted the book presentation of the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Miguel Basañez, entitled “A World of Three Cultures”. The book examines the impact of culture on global development. by drawing on extensive quantitative data, the author identifies three “hyper clusters” of culture in the world: honor, achievement and joy.

January 2016 Speaker Series: Victor Aguirre López

The first of our Speaker Series of 2016, took place in January. “The Legal and Financial Concerns of Entrepreneurs in Mexico”, presented by Victor Aguirre López from Mexico City. Brought together stakeholders from public and private organizations in charge of promoting entrepreneurialism in our region, research institutes, incubators, business students, local businesses and start-ups. This presentation explained the legal and financial start-up environment in Mexico City.