Washington, DC, November 16, 2017
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez will pay a work visit to El Paso, Texas, on Thursday, November 16th, 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 participate in a meeting with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, where they will discuss the efforts of both governments to modernize and optimize the dynamic at the border.
Additionally, he will visit the San Jerónimo Industrial Park and later hold a meeting with business leaders from the area to analyze the trade relationship between Mexico and Texas, as well as the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Ambassador Gutiérrez will also meet with Dr. Diana Natalicio, President of the University of Texas at El Paso, with whom he will hold a conversation on bilateral academic cooperation. He will then conclude his visit to El Paso with his participation in the “Centennial Lecture Series”, where he will act as keynote speaker.
Mexico is an important trade partner of Texas. The state sends Mexico 92 billion dollars’ worth of exports each year, equivalent to 39.7 percent of all its exports. That number has grown 350.2% since NAFTA was put into place. Prior to that, annual exports stood at just over 20 billion dollars.
The visit to El Paso 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.