Commerce secretary to address Baker Institute conference on free trade

first_imgLong Description ShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: [email protected] Commerce secretary to address Baker Institute conference on free tradeCarlos Gutierrez, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will address a conference on free trade at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 30.  CARLOS GUTIERREZ Gutierrez’s speech, part of the Robert A. Mosbacher Global Issues Lecture Series, begins at noon, followed by a luncheon and a discussion panel.  The conference is titled “Is Foreign Trade Good for the Economies of the Western Hemisphere? The Future of Free Trade Agreements.” It also features speeches by Eduardo Muñoz, Colombia’s vice minister for foreign trade, S. Malcolm Gillis, University Professor and the Ervin K. Zingler Professor of Economics at Rice University, and Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas.  The Baker Institute’s Tax and Expenditure Policy Program is hosting the discussion of the economic advantages and disadvantages of free trade agreements between the United States and Latin America. This is a timely and important topic as bilateral free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Panama are being debated in the U.S. Congress and in the light of Costa Rica’s recent narrow vote to ratify the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).  For details on the conference, including the agenda, go to” alt=”last_img” /> read more