Canada, the Collaborative States, and Mexico have entered a confidentiality agreement to protect each other’s proffers during NAFTA negotiations, with a list of rules designed to bar leaks during the talks.
Each government is prevented from partitioning texts, emails, proposals and presentations gathered from the other countries.
There are two rarities: the material can be shared internally with government officials and externally with the stakeholders directions consult on the negotiations. The materials are to be stamped, “Confidential,” and, when not being employed, are to be protected in secure locations like locked file cabinets.
The concurrence expires four years after negotiations conclude.
The countries can split their own documents with whomever they like, but the agreement prohibits them from leaking other countries’ materials.
“The policy underlying this attitude is to maintain the confidentiality of documents, while at the same time allowing the bargain parties to develop their negotiating positions, communicate internally and with each other and embark on with their public as they consider appropriate in developing and transmitting their own positions,” said the document.
‘Standard’ in trade talks
Such non-disclosure pacts are being called standard in trade negotiations.
The agreement was posted online this week by the Synergistic States Trade Representative, after being signed last month by the three homelands’ lead negotiators.