Washington, D.C., September 30, 2019
AMBASSADOR MARTHA BÁRCENA WILL VISIT MINNESOTA
Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui will visit Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota from October 1 to 4. She will meet with state and local actors to strengthen the Embassy’s political dialogue and to share the priorities of the Mexican government regarding relations with United States. In particular, her visit will underscore the importance of the ratification of the USMCA and the invaluable contributions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to the society, culture, and economy of Minnesota.
As part of the program, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States will meet with Governor Tim Walz, and the Mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Jacob Frey and Melvin Carter, respectively. She will participate in a business meeting hosted by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Manufacturers’ Coalition and will be a speaker at an event organized by Global Minnesota. She will also hold meetings with the media, local business representatives, and community leaders of Mexican origin.
Minnesota has an estimated population of 196,865 people of Mexican origin, who receive assistance and consular protection services from the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, which began operating in 2005.
Mexico is the second market for Minnesota exports and the third market of origin of their imports. In 2018, total trade between Mexico and Minnesota was more than $4.7 billion. More than 90 thousand jobs in the state depend on trade with Mexico.