The president-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, summoned his social media followers to participate in a survey about an eventual name change to the NAFTA replacement agreement between Mexico, the United States, and Canada, trying to adopt a name in Spanish.
In Twitter and Facebook, López Obrador proposed to his followers the TEUMECA proposals (Treaty / United States / Mexico / Canada), T-MEC (Treaty / Mexico / United States / Canada) or the None of these options.
He explained that Jesus Seade, in charge of the negotiation of the trade agreement with the United States, raised the need to look for a name to the USMCA treaty and suggested a number of acronyms in Spanish.
According to what was proposed by Seade: the name that President Donald Trump gave to the treaty, USMCA, is being established in Mexico in the absence of a proper Spanish name, so it would be convenient to correct it, because in some translations that have been made, they translate the A as “Agreement”, while in Mexico it is a treaty, not an agreement, since there are international agreements, however, this is not.
He added that secretaries of Economy, Idelfonso Guajardo, and Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, have been contacted, and they agree that the name USMCA should be similar to the name in English, that is, a list of the three countries.
In addition, it must start with the T of “Treaty” and must be pronounceable in Spanish. They agree that by virtue of the spirit of cooperation that has characterized the work in this area, it would be convenient to relate the name of the Treaty that has to be ratified by the Senate and instrumented by the government.
As of 12:25 this Tuesday, 8,166 votes had been registered and the survey has been retweeted 196 times with 199 likes; the virtual poll will be maintained for five more days.
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The survey made by the president-elect of Mexico is:
What name do you think best of the following proposals?
(A) TEUMECA: T.ratado / E.states U.nidos / ME.xico / CA.nadá.
(B) T-MEC: T.ratado / M.éxico / E.stados Unidos / C.anadá.
(C) NONE OF THESE