Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday joined U.S. Chamber of Commerce executives in urging the ratification for a trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) seeks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which started in 1994. USMCA was signed in November 2018 by President Donald Trump and the presidents from Mexico and Canada, but the agreement still needs to be ratified by U.S. Congress.
Ducey joined U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tom Donohue and other Chamber leaders at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday to discuss the agreement.
“America and Arizona’s businesses are beyond ready to ratify the USMCA,” Ducey said. “Trade with Mexico and Canada is vital to Arizona’s economy and it supports more than 228,000 jobs.”
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Ducey said that Mexico, which recently passed China as the U.S.’s top trading partner, is also Arizona’s largest trading partner.
“If we care about Mexico and Canada, if we care about United States jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens, we will ratify the USMCA,” Ducey added.
Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, said virtually every industry sector in the state support the trade agreement.
Hamer estimated that if passed, the agreement could support up to 300,000 jobs in the state.