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“Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico”

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 18:  Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper talks during a conference at the National Palace on February 18, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. Harper is in Mexico for a Wednesday meeting with the leaders of Mexico and the United States. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 18: Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper talks during a conference at the National Palace on February 18, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. Harper is in Mexico for a Wednesday meeting with the leaders of Mexico and the United States. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)

Christopher Sands writes:

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wants to abolish it. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau unfriended it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper would like to avoid the subject. But last week the Canadian Senate proved that it can make a valuable contribution to public policy discourse by issuing a thoughtful report on North America.

It was a product of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, chaired by Senator Raynell Andreychuk of Saskatchewan. Entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a More Prosperous Future, the report weighs in at a concise 38 pages. The Committee heard from 22 witnesses including the Mexican Ambassador to Canada Francisco Suárez. (Full disclosure: I was a witness as well)

The report calls on the Government of Canada to improve bilateral relations with Mexico, which have been tense in recent years following the Harper government’s imposition of a visa requirement for Mexicans trying to enter Canada. Despite all the furor over illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States, neither country requires a visa for visitors from the other. Work visas are different and all three countries requires these of citizens of the other two.

Interestingly, the report gives three reasons for improving relations with Mexico. The first is that Mexico has significant potential as a partner for Canada. At a time when many Canadian firms, NGOs and students looking to study abroad are hoping for improved access to emerging markets, Canada already has privileged access to one of the most dynamic markets thanks to NAFTA. And Mexico’s energy reforms have led Mexican firms to look for partners abroad, so why not Canadian firms?

“Queremos mejoras en el clima de negocios de México”

Los empresarios japoneses buscan que sus empleados en México cuenten con seguridad, señaló el presidente de la Japan External Trade Organization. (Eladio Ortiz)

Los empresarios japoneses buscan que sus empleados en México cuenten con seguridad, señaló el presidente de la Japan External Trade Organization. (Eladio Ortiz)

Al evaluar los diez primeros años de vigencia del Acuerdo para el Fortalecimiento de la Asociación Económica entre México y Japón (AAE), el presidente de la Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Hiroyuki Ishige, demandó un mejor clima de negocios en México; mayor seguridad pública, simplificación, y más presencia de inversionistas mexicanos en su país.

En entrevista con El Financiero, el principal promotor del comercio exterior de Japón consideró que cualquier ajuste al AAE podría hacerse bilateralmente, en el marco de las negociaciones del Acuerdo de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP) y enfatizó que la alianza entre ambos países debe avanzar hacia otras relaciones mutuamente benéficas.

Asimismo destacó que entre las facilidades que Japón ofrece para atraer la inversión, está el uso gratuito de oficinas durante dos meses en las seis principales ciudades de ese país, para que compañías extranjeras, en especial las Pymes, preparen su establecimiento, y exhortó a los empresarios a que desechen la idea de que en su país los costos son muy altos.

Malcolm Forbes, New York-born publisher, died today in history: 24 February, 1990

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of homes, yachts, aircraft, art, motorcycles, and Fabergé eggs.

Stephen Rubin, British businessman, was born today in history: 03 December, 1937

Stephen Rubin

Stephen Rubin

Stephen Rubin OBE, DArt is a British businessman. He is the chairman, and co-owner (alongside members of his family) of Pentland Group, the holding company for a number of sporting goods companies.

Tapie-Adidas-Crédit lyonnais, une longue saga judiciaire

Bernard Tapie quitte le tribunal de commerce de Paris le 14 décembre 1994, après presque quatre heures d'audition par le juge, avec sa femme Dominique, portant sur le Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT), holding des sociétés de Bernard Tapie, et de Financière et Immobilière Tapie (FIBT) qui contrôle ses biens personnels. | AFP/PASCAL GUYOT

Bernard Tapie quitte le tribunal de commerce de Paris le 14 décembre 1994, après presque quatre heures d’audition par le juge, avec sa femme Dominique, portant sur le Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT), holding des sociétés de Bernard Tapie, et de Financière et Immobilière Tapie (FIBT) qui contrôle ses biens personnels. | AFP/PASCAL GUYOT

L’affaire Tapie-Adidas-Crédit lyonnais a fêté cette année ses 20 ans. Deux décennies de rebondissements et de coups de théâtre autour de la vente d’un groupe sportif. Résumé.

Nous sommes en 1990. Bernard Tapie annonce la conclusion d’un accord avec les héritiers de l’industriel allemand Adolf Dassler, fondateur du groupe Adidas. Cet accord lui permet, dans un premier temps, d’acquérir 80 % de l’équipementier sportif ; il rachète les 15 % détenus par le groupe Métro six mois plus tard, obtenant le contrôle quasi complet du groupe.

La suite de cette saga politico-industrielle est un cours de droit des affaires en situation réelle, option raretés juridiques. A travers l’affaire Adidas, il est possible d’explorer tous les degrés de juridiction du système judiciaire français, sur des questions allant des mandats politiques à la négociation de centaines de millions d’euros.