Washington, D.C., October 14, 2019






The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Martha Bárcena Coqui will visit Chicago, Illinois on October 15 and 16, where she will meet with local and state authorities. Ambassador Bárcena will participate in the inauguration of the Chicago Cultural Meeting: “Migrant Women from Mexico and the World,” organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago. The forum aims to reflect on women’s working and living conditions in the United State, and to deepen the understanding of women’s rights, public participation, economic contribution, access to education and culture, among others.


Ambassador Bárcena will meet with the Governor of Illinois Jay Robert Pritzker, business leaders of the Mexican community and the media to share her views on the priorities of Mexico regarding bilateral relations. She will highlight the importance of the approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and emphasize the contributions of the Mexican community in Illinois.


Additionally, Ambassador Bárcena will visit the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, that offers consular services for approximately 2.2 million Mexican nationals who live in Illinois and northern Indiana.


The economy of Illinois is the fifth largest economy in the United States and is one of the most diverse globally. Mexico is Chicago’s third commercial partner and the second market for Illinois exports. Since NAFTA’s entry into force (1994), exports to Mexico grew by 735%. In 2018 alone, the commercial bilateral exchange exceeded $23 billion. With over 200 thousand jobs created as a direct result of trade with Mexico.