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Mr. Kenneth Smith Ramos is currently the Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office of the Ministry of the Economy of Mexico, in Washington DC. This office is in charge of promoting the trade relationship between Mexico and the United States as well as ensuring proper implementation of the NAFTA. It engages with relevant stakeholders from the academic, private, and public sectors on the key trade issues that affect the bilateral relationship and also addresses global issues that are relevant to the NAFTA region.
Prior to serving in his current post, Mr. Smith was Coordinator General for International Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), where he was responsible for agricultural trade negotiations and international cooperation. He managed six Foreign Agricultural Offices of Mexico, that play a key role in the promotion of Mexican agricultural exports through the participation in international trade shows, and trade missions.
Previously, Ken Smith worked at the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, as Director-General for International Affairs, as well as in the Ministry of Economy, where he was Director-General for Assessment and Monitoring of Negotiations. He started his professional career working for Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team.
Mr. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Master’s Degree in International Economy from Johns Hopkins University.