During his July 2 visit to Monterrey, Ambassador Wayne had a productive discussion with Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina and his senior advisors on security, economic and education initiatives, U.S. cooperation with the state, and a variety of other topics of mutual interest. Ambassador Wayne thanked the Governor for his support with the Consulate’s move and his commitment to provide security resources for our facilities and staff.
Ambassador Wayne and Governor Medina spent considerable time discussing the improving security situation in Monterrey, and the successful tactics that the state of Nuevo Léon has taken to reduce homicides and restore a sense of security. They also discussed numerous reforms being debated in the federal legislature and how they might affect matters such as new investments, the competitiveness of local businesses, and the 2015 election race. The Governor and his team briefed the Ambassador and Consul General Pomper on their vision of the role Nuevo Léon can play in the energy sector production chain in the future. They also discussed continued U.S. investment in the state and new educational ties being developed between Nuevo Léon and Texas. The Ambassador expressed his support for these developments.
Ambassador Wayne also congratulated Governor Medina and Nuevo León on its role as a pioneer and champion of security and justice sector reforms.
The Ambassador recalled also that Nuevo Léon is the first state to implement drug treatment courts which have now expanded into Morelos and will soon be in other states. The Ambassador and Governor Medina discussed upcoming meetings in Nuevo Léon with the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SESNSP), noting that this will enable the United States and Mexico to move forward on additional Merida Initiative state programs and training in Nuevo Léon. The Governor offered his congratulations on the inauguration of the new U.S. Consulate building in Monterrey and his commitment to continued close cooperation.