MCALLEN, RGV – Recently, South Texas College hosted the 7th Annual Binational Innovation Conference at its technology campus in McAllen.

Experts from both sides of the border analyzed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, how it differs from the North American Free Trade Agreement and how South Texas can benefit from the new pact.

One of the speakers was Blake Hastings, senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Hastings’ topic was “Economic Outlook for the Rio Grande Valley.’ Here are his remarks:

Another of the speakers was Jorge Espindola Alvarez, an instructor at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. Espindola’s topic was ‘Manufacturing in Mexico.’ His remarks were mostly in Spanish. Here they are:

Another speaker was Salvador Contreras, associate professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Contreras’ topic was ‘USMCA – NAFTA 2.0.’ Here are his remarks:

Another speaker was Adrian Gonzalez, an International Trade Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker based in McAllen, Texas. Gonzalez’s topic was ‘Commerce, Politics and China.’ Here are his remarks: