EDINBURG, RGV – Hot of the heels of the United States and Canada reaching agreement in their renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, IBC Bank Executive Vice President Gerald Schwebel will be in the Rio Grande Valley to discuss international trade relations.

Schwebel, widely regarded as one of America’s leading experts on international trade and finance, is the Rio Grande Guardian’s special guest for its LIVE at Bob’s show on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The title of the conversation is NAFTA 2.0 – Within Reach?

IBC Bank Executive Vice President Gerald Schwebel (center) spoke at the recent Pathways For Trade symposium in Laredo.

The public policy discussion takes place at Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Edinburg. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 12 noon. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door or via the Rio Grande Guardian’s Facebook page, are $25 per person.

Two other speakers are on the panel are David Deanda, president of Lone Star National Bank, and Adrian Gonzalez, a U.S. licensed customs broker and branch manager for Daniel B. Hastings, Inc., in Laredo. 

Representatives for the United States and Mexico announced three weeks ago that their respective countries had reached agreement on their renegotiation of NAFTA.

Two weeks ago Schwebel was on a panel discussion titled “The New NAFTA Dilemma: A New North American Dynamic.” The discussion was part of the Pathways For Trade symposium held at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. Using a powerpoint during his remarks, Schwebel listed all the U.S.-Mexico trade agreements since the 1930s. “Every agreement since the 1930s has added features to it. Prior agreement have been improved,” he said. 

For the most part trade deals such as NAFTA are all about protecting workers and industries, he explained. “At the end of the day, everybody is doing their job.”

Here is the biography of Schwebel from the Pathways For Trade symposium:

Widely regarded as one of America’s leading experts on international trade and finance, Mr. Schwebel represents IBC and its customers in consultation with top government and business leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

His knowledge and unique overview has resulted in his being called upon on numerous occasions to testify before Congress on issues of U.S.-Mexico trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S.-Mexico Transportation and Logistics issues, issues related to international finance and most recently on U.s. Immigration Reform issues.

Mr. Schwebel’s opinions and perspectives have also been featured in many business journals and magazines in the U.s. and Mexico on various topics related to international trade, economics and banking. A regular speaker – in both English and Spanish – and resource on NAFA and Mexico, Mr. Schwebel’s many affiliations and officer roles include 1993 National Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance, Bi-National Director of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, member of the Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. Cham,her of Commerce; member of the Texas Secretary of State’s Border Trade Advisory Council, chairman of the Regional Council Advisory Committee of the University of Texas Health Science Center – Laredo Campus.

Currently, he serves as president of  North America’s Strategy for Competitiveness (NASC), a tai-national trade coalition that advocates for competitiveness through logistics, infrastructure, security and a skilled workforce. His extensive service and leadership in these areas of interest have earned him numerous awards and recognitions in both the U.S. and Mexico. In 2013, Mr. Schwebel was the recipient of the ‘Advancing International Trade’ Award by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators for his efforts in promoting international trade.