Mexico economy minister to talk NAFTA in Detroit

Mexico’s economy minister is scheduled Friday to address the Detroit Economic Club and meet with auto company officials likely to discuss the impacts any border tax with Mexico or new tariffs would have on their operations in Mexico.

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy, is expected to talk to the economic club about his country’s perspective on the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and its future. He will deliver his address to the club at its luncheon, which will be held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Before his speech, Guajardo is slated to meet with Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.’s president of the Americas, at Ford world headquarters in Dearborn, a Ford spokeswoman confirmed.

And after his economic club appearance, Guajardo also is slated to meet with General Motors Co.’s Chief Economist Mustafa Mohatarem, a GM spokesman said.

Reuters reported that the minister also would meet with some auto suppliers while in Detroit. It was not clear if he also planned to meet with anyone from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. A…