Washington, DC, November 8, 2017
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez will pay a work visit to Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, November 8th, as part of the efforts of the Mexican Government to broaden and strengthen dialogue with local and state actors in the United States.
Ambassador Gutiérrez will hold meetings with the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey; the Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton; and with Democratic and Republican state legislators, allowing him to exchange opinions on the close trade, tourism and investment ties between Mexico and Arizona, as well as identify opportunities to take advantage of the positive dynamics of the neighbors through bilateral cooperation.
Later, the Ambassador and the Governor will participate in the Arizona & Mexico: Leading with Trade event, which will be moderated by the President of Arizona State University (ASU), Michael M. Crow, and will analyze the strategic trade relationship between the two parties, as well as other issues of mutual interest.
Mexico is Arizona’s leading trade partner. In 2016, exports from the state to Mexico reached $8.3 billion, and have grown at a rate of 6.6 percent annually since NAFTA was initiated. Since 1994, exports from Arizona to Mexico have grown 331.7%, while exports to the rest of the world have only grown 194.6%, meaning the rate of increase of exports to Mexico has increased 1.7 times that of the rate to the rest of the world.
The trip to Arizona is part of the visits that the Ambassador and other officials from the Foreign Ministry carry out on a regular basis 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 United States.
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