NAFTA negotiations will begin in Mexico City two days ahead of schedule this month in order to give each delegation more time to discuss the issues covered under the 23-year-old trade pact, Bloomberg and Reuters reported citing people familiar with the plans.
“The fifth round will run Nov. 15-21 rather than Nov. 17-21 as originally planned, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the preparations aren’t public yet”, said Bloomberg in its report.
“Some groups from the three nations will begin meeting from Nov. 15,” said one source to Reuters. The chief negotiators will join talks on Nov. 17 as previously scheduled, another person said.
The fifth round of negotiations, which will take place in Mexico City, will begin with meetings on textiles, labor, services and intellectual property. As in the last round, the controversial topic of rules of origin will be discussed in the second half of the round.