The City of Phoenix and Greater Phoenix Leadership led a successful trade mission to Mexico City from October 26-29, 2016, bringing together an impressive delegation of business and community leaders. The mission focused on five core goals centered on strengthening the global competitiveness of our shared region, including by elevating opportunities in education through cross-border exchanges.
Among the highlights: delegates met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson (pictured in first photo), and Senator Gabriela Cuevas, Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (pictured in second photo); the group toured Google de Mexico; and Mayor Greg Stanton officially inaugurated the new City of Phoenix office in the south part of Mexico City. Delegates returned with a deeper appreciation for the value of the bilateral relationship, and several potential business opportunities.
The meeting with Senator Cuevas yielded a positive and spirited discussion on the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and the delegation was introduced in the Senate chambers. Ambassador Jacobson hosted a reception at the official residence and delegates had the opportunity to interact with over 100 Mexican business and government leaders. At the opening of the City of Phoenix office, Mayor Stanton emphasized that “the people’s office” in Mexico City is open to Arizona companies to provide market research and support, meeting space, and remote office functions. In addition, Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Relations convened an array of subject matter experts to enlighten delegates on some of the key areas of bilateral cooperation and opportunities taking place between our two nations. The tour of Google de Mexico demonstrated for delegates how a U.S. company is successfully growing in the Mexican market, and where future growth opportunities lie.
Other important activities included: a visit to the Mexican stock exchange; presentations from Mexico’s leading industry associations, the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Council for Foreign Trade; a political briefing by former Mexican congressman Agustin Barrios; and a presentation on educational exchanges by Hazel Blackmore, Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS).