Washington, DC, March 5, 2018.
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez will conduct a work visit to Richmond, Virginia, today on March 5th, as part of the efforts of the Mexican government to broaden and strengthen dialogue with state and local actors in the United States.
Ambassador Gutiérrez will participate in Virginia’s Tenth Conference on Agricultural Trade where, together with Canadian Ambassador, David MacNaughton, he will discuss the priorities and advances in the North America Free Trade Agreements (NAFTA) negotiations.
Later, the Ambassador will meet with Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam. Also participating in the meeting are the Secretaries of Commerce, and Agriculture and Forestry, Esther Lee and Bettina Ring, respectively, as well as other embassy officials.
Mexico and Virginia are important trade partners. In 2017 alone, trade between the two amounted to more than two billion dollars. During that same period, exports from Virginia to Mexico surpassed a billion dollars, of which 144 million were agricultural products. Additionally, an estimated 133,000 jobs in the state depend on trade with Mexico.
The trip to Richmond 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.