Washington, DC, October 25, 2017
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that, as part of the Government of Mexico’s efforts to broaden and strengthen dialogue with state and local actors in the United States, Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez will conduct a work visit to the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.
In St. Louis, the ambassador will participate in a lunch held by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro St. Louis and The Missouri Partnership, which will provide him with an opportunity to exchange opinions on the importance of the bilateral economic relationship and deepen ties with members of the business community.
Later, the ambassador will meet with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, and the County Executive of St. Louis County to discuss issues of common interest, such as the trade relationship between Mexico and Missouri and the actions the government is undertaking to support the immigrant community.
Also in St. Louis, the ambassador will participate in an event called the Ambassador Forum, offered by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis, where he will speak about the current state of the bilateral relationship.
It should be noted that Mexico is of high importance for the St. Louis metropolitan area. In 2016, we were the area’s second-largest export market, buying $1.5 billion worth of its products.
During his stay in Kansas City, the ambassador will participate in a round table discussion called Roundtable with NAFTA Friends with regional promoters of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and he will attend a lunch organized by the International Relations Council of Kansas City, where he will again discuss economic aspects of the bilateral relationship. This meeting will conclude with a round table discussion with directors of the of the most important businesses in the state.
Mexico is Missouri’s second largest export market, and in 2016 trade between the state and Mexico reached nearly $5.3 billion. 18.4% of Missouri’s exports go to Mexico, supporting more than 1,500 jobs in the state.
The visit to Missouri is part of the visits that the ambassador and other officials from the foreign ministry regularly conduct in the United States to strengthen commercial, cultural educational, academic, political and business relations between the two countries, as well as to consolidate political alliances with different actors in the country.