Statement By Secretary Johnson On Haiti

On September 22, I announced that we would resume removals of Haitian nationals in accordance with our existing enforcement priorities. This means we will prioritize the removal of individuals, including Haitian nationals, recently apprehended at or between ports of entry. That has not changed in light of Hurricane Matthew. In light of Hurricane Matthew, removal ...
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USAID Announces Initial Results of Grand Challenge to Combat Zika

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today 21 potentially game changing solutions to mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus.  These award nominees underwent a rigorous review process, and have been selected for accelerated development, testing and deployment.   The award nominees range from deployment of mosquitoes infected with ...
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Helping to Consolidate Mexico’s New Criminal Justice System through support for Forensic Sciences

Under Mexico’s new accusatory criminal justice system, professional and effective criminal investigations are critical to the success of law enforcement efforts and criminal prosecutions. Forensic sciences are a fundamental part of any criminal investigation, encompassing the collection, preservation and analysis of evidence. Furthermore, forensic scientists may be called upon to testify as expert witnesses during ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

 Hospitals in Los Cabos Area   In recent years, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana has received numerous complaints from U.S. citizens regarding health-care facilities in Los Cabos.  As a result, the U.S. Consulate encourages its staff and official visitors to Los Cabos to refrain from using medical facilities that do not appear on the ...
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Assistant Secretary Jacobson’s As Prepared Remarks at Brown University’s Stephen A. Ogden Lecture on “Anti-Corruption in the Western Hemisphere”

Thank you, President Paxson. It’s a great pleasure to be back at Brown—the first time in a while that I’m not taking the tour with one of my children. When I first received the invitation to give the Stephen A. Ogden lecture, I was very flattered. Then I looked up previous speakers, and thought: This ...
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Information regarding bringing medications into Mexico

It is illegal to bring into Mexico some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the United States, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) or codeine are prohibited.   Consult the following websites for lists of controlled substances in Mexico: ...
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Ambassador Wayne recognized by AmCham

On J uly 23 Ambassador Wayne was recognized as Honorary President and friend of the American Chamber of Commerce Mexico from 2011-2015. Over his years of service, Ambassador Wayne has actively participated in AmCham’s numerous events promoting socio-economic connectivity between the United States and Mexico.  In front of a hall full of Mexican and American business leaders, ...
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Latest News on Sport Fishing in Mexico

Sport fishing activities in Baja are always welcome, but required documents and permits by the Mexican Government are a must. Avoid inconveniences and sanctions. The Embassy reminds that in order to facilitate the procedures to obtain the different permits related to these activities, on May 2015, the Mexican Government launched a website that contains the necessary ...
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Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, visits Mexico

Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter discussed trade, tourism, education and music with the Ambassador during his visit to Mexico City.  Mayor Nutter is a strong supporter of strengthening ties between Mexico and his city which has seen a doubling of its Latino population since 2000.  The Mayor discussed his commitment to multiculturalism which he sees ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Rogelio Zambrano Lozano

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Rogelio Zambrano Lozano from CEMEX to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the company’s expansion in North America, which enhanced its growth and revenue options, and key economic issues impacting CEMEX’s operations.  CEMEX has been a strong supporter of the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS) and partners with USAID in ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with Mark Rohr

Ambassador Wayne met with Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation to discuss the business environment in Mexico.  Celanese, a U.S materials company with over 7,500 employees worldwide has had facilities in Mexico since 1944 and has been expanding its presence here due to its positive experience as an investor in Mexico.  This summer ...
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J.P. Morgan Mexico Opportunities Conference

On June 24, Ambassador Wayne participated in a panel discussion that closed this year’s J.P. Morgan Mexico Opportunities Conference. The Ambassador noted the bright outlook for the Mexican economy and highlighted positive trends in the automotive, energy, and telecommunications sectors. Ambassador Wayne expressed confidence that Mexico’s recent structural reforms would increase the country’s economic growth ...
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Workshop on Rural Extension in Mexico

USDA-FAS and SAGARPA co-sponsored a three day workshop on Rural Extension in Mexico to share rural education best practices and linkages toward rural youth development. The workshop has brought together over 600 students and other key leaders from 19 Mexican universities and other institutions across the country as well as Extension experts from the United ...
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Rule of Law and Citizen’s Participation Tech Camp

U.S. Ambassador Wayne and SRE’s Director General for Special Affairs Mauricio Ibarra addressed over 70 Civil Society Organization participants from across Mexico for Mexico’s first Rule of Law and Citizen’s Participation Tech Camp. Ambassador Wayne shared, “this TechCamp will help promote the importance of rule of law: civic participation in reporting crimes, combatting corruption and ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Pablo Gonzalez Guajardo

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Pablo Gonzalez Guajardo, head of Kimberly-Clark in Mexico, to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the Mexican economy.  The company directly employs over 7,000 workers in Mexico.  The Ambassador discussed the strong collaboration between the Governments of Mexico and the United States in advancing a more integrated and competitive North America through the ...
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Meeting with met with IFT Commissioner

Ambassador Wayne met with IFT Commissioner Luis Fernando Borjón Figueroa on June 16 to discuss IFT’s work to regulate the telecommunications industry.  Since its inception in September 2013, IFT has issued rulings on “must offer, must carry”, named the dominant players in the telecom and broadcast markets and relevant penalties, and issued rules for the ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with a Silicon Valley based venture capital investor Consuelo Valverde.

Ambassador Wayne met with a Silicon Valley based venture capital investor Consuelo Valverde.  They discussed the importance of building the entrepreneurship eco-system in Mexico and highlighted the close collaboration between the U.S. and Mexican governments in building a more competitive North America through the Mexico – U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC).
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Fernando Chico Pardo

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Fernando Chico Pardo of Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the airport and seaport industries as well as support for deepening US-Mexico economic ties and increasing educational exchange between the two countries. Over 23 million passengers transit through ASUR’s airports, many of them American tourists.
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Binational Bridges and Border Crossing Group

The Department of State will host U.S. and Mexican interagency counterparts in Washington on May 21 for the Plenary Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group. Delegates from the U.S. and Mexican federal governments, the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas, the Mexican states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, ...
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Ambassador Wayne participates in Angel Ventures Mexico Sixth Anniversary

Angel Ventures Mexico (AVM) held its Sixth Anniversary reception on the evening of May 20th at El Lago Restaurant in Chapultepec Park.  Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne and the President of Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM), Enrique Jacob Rocha, provided opening remarks.  Ambassador Wayne noted the importance of entrepreneurship in strengthening regional economic competitiveness, ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with Robert Wang

Ambassador Wayne met with Robert Wang, the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and discussed APEC priorities as they relate to Mexico and the United States.  In particular, Ambassador Wayne and Mr. Wang discussed the opportunities to expand trade between North American and Asia via the Transpacific Partnership. (pending photo selection).  Ambassador Wang ...
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Ambassador Anthony Wayne Opening Remarks, Mexico International Renewable Energy Conference

Good Morning. It is a great privilege and pleasure to be here with you today at the Fourth Annual MIREC (Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress).  I would like to welcome my colleagues from the Mexican Government, particularly Leonardo Beltrán, Deputy Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition. And this morning speakers, his excellency Viktor Elbling, Germany ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with VisionIT Founder

Ambassador Wayne met with VisionIT Founder David Segura and President Elizabeth Gallagher and learned about opportunities they see for increased cross-border investment and trade between the United States and Mexico.  Mr. Segura and Ms. Gallagher, who are both active advocates for Hispanics in business, informed Ambassador Wayne about the importance and growing significance of the ...
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Celebrating Mother’s Day

As we celebrate Mother’s Day It is also an opportunity to reflect on the health challenges mothers face. Childbirth takes the lives of 289,000 women each year, robbing them and their child of what should be one of the most joyous moments in their lives. The U.S.Government is working tirelessly to help country governments achieve ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos

Ambassador Wayne met with Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos on Tuesday, April 28. Cascos is in Mexico meeting with government counterparts to discuss our many areas of shared collaboration on the Texas-Mexico border. Cascos was born in Matamoros and attended the University of Texas at Austin. Cascos is working to deepen the Texas-Mexico dialogue ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with Thaddeus Arroyo

Ambassador Wayne welcomed F. Thaddeus Arroyo to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting AT&T Mexico’s operations, and Mr. Arroyo’s recent move to become CEO of AT&T Mexico. With millions of Mexicans and Mexican Americans living across the border in the United States, inexpensive telephony connects families and fosters closer U.S.-Mexico relations. ...
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Reception for Mexico’s Open Government Partnership Steering Committee

Ambassador Wayne and Assistant Secretary Malinowski attended the kick-off reception for Mexico’s Open Government Partnership Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is preparing for the 2015 Open Government Partnership Global Summit. The Partnership includes 65 countries, which have been working since 2011 to create policies making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.
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10th Annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative

On Monday, 20 April, Ambassador Wayne welcomed the 10th Annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative #SDinMX organized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The delegation of about 80 participants includes local government and business leaders from the CaliBaja Mega-Region who are visiting Mexico City to discuss international commerce and to cultivate business relationships. The state ...
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Ford’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne participated in Ford’s 90th Anniversary Celebration and Investment Announcement today. Ford is celebrating its 90th anniversary, with a new $2.5 billion investment in Ford’s engines and transmissions plants, located in Chihuahua and Guanajuato, respectively. The investment will result in the creation of 3800 new jobs. President Peña Nieto and the two ...
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Jovenes en Accion 2014 Generation

Your success is the success of your family, your community and our region,” stated Ambassador Anthony Wayne upon congratulating the 101 participants of the 2014-2015 generation that finished their projects and presented the results in the presence of US Ambassador Anthony Wayne, the Under Secretary for Middle School Education, Rodolfo Tuirán, Undersecretary for North America, ...
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Bi-national Big Bend/Río Bravo Conservation Partnership

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan José Guerra Abud, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, U.S. Representative Will Hurd, and other local leaders to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Boquillas Port of Entry as well as the ongoing binational conservation initiatives in the region. ...
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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Today, President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society activists.  Building on the success of the President’s young leader initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, YLAI will incubate and accelerate the work of young business and civil society leaders from Latin America, ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture recognized Sonora as free of Fever Ticks

The Agriculture Department amending the regulations to recognize the State of Sonora as a region in Mexico that is free of fever ticks. This action will remove certain tick-related restrictions on the importation of cattle and other ruminants from Sonora, restrictions that are no longer necessary and will reduce the costs associated with tick dipping ...
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Donation of three Z Backscatter Van systems

On March 20, INL Mexico Director Steven Kraft and Almirante Jorge Víctor Vázquez Zarate presided over a ceremony to formally recognize the donation of  three Z Backscatter Van systems (ZBVs) valued at approximately USD 3.3 million to SEMAR through the Merida Initiative.  SEMAR will use the ZBVs to search passengers and cargo vehicles for weapons, ...
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American Chamber of Commerce’s (AMCHAM) Annual General Assembly

Chargé Laura Dogu attended the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AMCHAM) Annual General Assembly and delivered a keynote address. In her remarks, Chargé Dogu highlighted that the United States is Mexico’s largest trading partner and its largest export market in the world.  Two-way trade between the U.S. and Mexico now stands at over half a trillion ...
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U.S. Ambassador Wayne met with Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes

U.S. Ambassador Wayne met with Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) Secretary Ruiz Esparza to learn about important SCT projects such as the new Mexico City International Airport and the ongoing process to design and build a shared communications network that will bring broadband internet to almost all Mexicans within a few years. Ambassador Wayne ...
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Ambassador met with José Zozaya

José Zozaya, President of the Mexican Association of Transportation (CMET) and President Kansas City Southern de México, met with Ambassador Wayne to discuss transportation issues.  Zozaya informed the Ambassador about the new Mexican rail regulatory system and how this would promote better rail services for the country by providing greater transparency for customers and by ...
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Meeting with Grupo Kaltex

In his meeting with Rafael Kalach Mizrahi, Chairman of Grupo Kaltex, Ambassador Wayne discussed the outlook of the U.S.-Mexico textile market, Kaltex’s rich history in Mexico and the close ties between U.S cotton and the Mexican fabric market. Grupo Kaltex is the largest importer of U.S. grown raw cotton in Latin America, and the largest ...
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Migrants Protection Workshop

On February 26-27, Consul General Hugo Rodriguez and other U.S. Embassy representatives presented at the second Veracruz SRE-sponsored conference on protection and attention to migrants. Services to migrant communities is a priority for the U.S. government.  In recognition of the growing number of transnational families, the Embassy strives to work with state and local partners ...
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Cisco’s Global Support Center

Charge d’Affaires Laura Dogu welcomed Cisco’s opening of its global support center in Mexico City, one of five such centers around the world.  Cisco scouted various locations and finally decided on Mexico City for this $26 million-dollar investment and the creation of 364 new jobs using Mexican technology talent. Cisco executives recognized the support of the U.S. Embassy and underscored the company’s view ...
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American Benevolent Society’s (ABS) annual meeting

U.S. Ambassador Wayne hosted the American Benevolent Society’s (ABS) annual meeting and Cherry Pie Festival on February 24, 2015. In his remarks, Ambassador Wayne recognized the ABS’ commitment to providing resources to American citizens in need, its promotion of the strong bilateral ties between the U.S. and Mexico, and its advancement of cultural understanding. The ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Alfredo Achar Tussie

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Alfredo Achar Tussie to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting Comex’s operations. Comex is the fourth largest paint manufacturer in North America, selling its product in over 3,600 independently-owned stores.  With longtime links with the U.S. market, Achar conveyed his experience as a leader in Mexico in his field, ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens

Ambassador Wayne met with Bank of Mexico Governor Agustín Carstens to discuss economic issues impacting Mexico. Appointed in 2010, Governor Carstens has been an influential leader for the Bank of Mexico and an important voice globally for sound macroeconomic management. Just last week, Governor Carstens was appointed Chairman of the International Monetary Fund’s International Monetary ...
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Proposes New Rule to Allow Market Access for Mexican Avocadoes from All Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on February 18, to expand market access for Mexican Hass avocado fruit for all of Mexico.  The public comment period will remain in effect through April 20.  As background, Mexico has been successfully exporting commercial avocado shipments from the State of ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Marcatel President, Gustavo de la Garza Ortega

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Marcatel President, Gustavo de la Garza Ortega to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting Marcatel. In 2010, Marcatel became the world’s largest pre-paid calling card company. Marcatel provides telephony services, internet, and data with coverage spanning North and South America, Europe, and South Africa.
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Alsea Chairman

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Alsea Chairman Alberto Torrado Martinez to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting Alsea’s operations. With franchise names like Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang’s China Bistro, and El Porton, Alsea operates over 2,700 quick-serve restaurants, coffee shops, and casual dining establishments throughout Latin America ...
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Meeting with Miguel Rincon Arredondo

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Miguel Rincon Arredondo, Director General of Bio-Pappel to discuss key economic issues that affect the company’s operations. Bio-Pappel is the largest paper producer in Mexico. Their product is made 100 percent from recycled material, saving trees. Bio-Pappel has 31 industrial plants integrated in a grid of production, transformation and distribution across Mexico ...
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Ambassador Wayne and US zydeco band Mo’Mojo visit Veracruz

Ambassador Anthony Wayne and the music group Mo’Mojo visited the binational education Franklin Institute in Veracruz. They talked to 80 scholarship grantees about American culture, options to study in the United States, the importance of the English language and the life of the musicians. Ambassador Wayne joined Mo’Mojo in a music workshop for jazz students ...
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Morelos Launches Inter-agency Task Force with Help of the Merida Initiative

INL Deputy Director Richard Glenn and Morelos Secretary of Government Matias Quiroz Medina presided this week over the graduation of an Inter-agency task force in Morelos. The eight-week course was provided to 25 law enforcement personnel representing various agencies at both the state and federal level. “Enhancing the investigative skills of law enforcement personnel is ...
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Bomb Technicians and Investigators Conference Opens in Puerto Vallarta

U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Jalisco Attorney General Maestro Luis Carlos Nájera Gutierrez De Velasco presided over the opening session of an International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI) conference in Puerto Vallarta. The IABTI conference provided training to 120 law enforcement and military officials from Mexico City, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Yucatan, and Jalisco. ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Manuel Barragán Morales

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Manuel Barragán Morales to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting Arca Continental’s operations. Arca Continental is the second largest Coca-Cola bottling and distribution company in Latin America, and has the third largest snack food market in Mexico under its in-house brand Bokados. It also owns Wise Foods based ...
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SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador Wayne, Commercial Attaché Rebecca Torres, and Commercial Specialist Martha Sanchez participated in a press conference on the SelectUSA Investment Summit which will be held in Washington, DC on March 23-24, 2015.  This summit will bring together preeminent business leaders, investors, state and local representatives, and high-level government officials to explore investment opportunities and discuss ...
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U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2015 – Vice President Joe Biden hosted Mexican Minister Luis Videgaray for the second meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Together, the two countries discuss the best way to develop our economic relationship with a view toward strengthening the North American economy while ...
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President Peña Nieto Visits the White House

Washington, D.C., January 6, 2015 – President Obama welcomed Mexican President Peña Nieto and his delegation to the White House. Today’s meeting marked Peña Nieto’s first White House visit as the President of Mexico. “It’s appropriate that our first meeting of the year is with one of our closest allies, neighbors, and friends,” President Obama said. ...
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Security and Justice

Ambassador Wayne discussed the current issues facing Mexico in the areas of security and justice on December 30 with Alejandro Hope, Director of Security, Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), and Ernesto López Portillo Vargas, Executive Director the Institute for Security and Democracy (INSYDE).  Together they reviewed the challenges Mexico currently faces, and discussed opportunities to ...
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Meeting with Al Zapanta, President and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, December 18, Ambassador Wayne met with Al Zapanta, President and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Zapanta shared some of the USMCOC’s accomplishments of 2014, including the establishment of the annual North American Economic Sustainable Development Summit, as well as their upcoming plans for 2015. Ambassador Wayne and Mission Mexico are ...
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New investment by General Motors

Ambassador Wayne attends the Presidential announcement of 5 billion dollars of new investment by GM in its Mexican operations.   The official announcement was made at Los Pinos and attended by 300 business and government representatives, including senior Executives of GM and the Governors of the four Mexican states that will benefit from GM’s new investment, ...
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Meeting with Senator Ernesto Ruffo

Ambassador Wayne met with Senator Ernesto Ruffo, President of the Mexican Senate’s Committee on Northern Border Issues, at the U.S. Embassy today to discuss U.S.-Mexican relations in the border area. Senator Ruffo shared his views on border and trade enhancement priorities.  Ambassador Wayne emphasized the importance of security and justice and stated the United States ...
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U.S. Workshops in Chiapas against Trafficking in Persons

The Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) held two Trafficking in Persons workshop for 30 Chiapas State officials from the Secretariat of Tourism and Secretariat of Foreign Relations in Tuxtla Gutierrez and San Cristobal.  The two-day event included presentations by U.S. and Mexican trafficking experts, and provided an overview of ...
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U.S. and Mexico build common front against heroin

During the Bilateral Seminar on Heroin, held in Mexico City, experts from both countries exchanged best practices to perfect strategies to fight against heroin trafficking, strengthening defense mechanisms and protecting our borders. They also analyzed data on criminal organizations from both countries who produce, synthetize and distribute heroin to and within the United States. Assistant ...
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Collaboration between Boeing and its Mexican partners

On December 2, Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Dogu, government of Mexico officials and representatives from the aerospace sector celebrated the successful collaboration between Boeing and its Mexican partners. Mexican companies provide up to a billion worth of parts and materials to Boeing each year. Boeing has been able to increase market share and expand ...
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Courtrooms for Oral Trials Inaugurated in State of Campeche

With support from the Merida Initiative, on December 2, the state of Campeche became the first state in the Yucatan peninsula to showcase a courtroom for oral trials. Thanks to the collaboration between the Technical Secretariat of Coordination for the Implementation of the Criminal System and the U.S. through the Merida Initiative, Governor Fernando Ortega ...
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Meeting with Cisco Mexico

Ambassador Wayne met today with Mr. Mario de la Cruz, Head of Government Affairs and CTO for Cisco Mexico. Mr. de la Cruz briefed the ambassador on Cisco’s operations in Mexico and the company’s continued commitment to investment and talent development in the country. “Ambassador Wayne has been a great partner to U.S. companies operating in Mexico ...
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U.S. Government Supports Mexican Judicial Reform Through Study Tour in Chile

Mexico City, November 19, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) sponsored a study tour for a delegation of 23 Mexican legislators and legal aides to Santiago, Chile, for discussions on Chile’s experience in the implementation of an accusatorial justice system. Discussions specifically focused on the institutional ...
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The NBA Global Games in Mexico

The NBA Global Games brought the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets to Mexico City for a regular season game on November 12. Through NBA Cares, the professional athletes provided a basketball clinic to female basketball players from Tarahumara, Chihuahua and Special Olympic athletes. Chargé d’Affairs Laura Dogu and the Embassy’s Sports Diplomacy Committee accompanied 10 ...
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Ambassador Wayne Welcomes Coahuila Governor

Mexico City, October 8, 2014 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne welcomed Coahuila Governor Rubén Moreira Valdez and members of his team today to discuss the Governor’s initiatives to improve security and citizens’ rights in the state, and to increase the presence of U.S. tourists and businesses.  The two also discussed Merida Initiative programming in Coahuila. ...
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Third Annual Causa en Comun (Common Cause) Forum

Ch argé d’Affaires Laura Dogu attended the opening of the third annual Causa en Comun (Common Cause) forum. This year’s theme is “Adding Police and Citizen’s Efforts”. The event highlighted Mexico’s efforts to root out corruption, the progress accomplished over the past three years in police reforms, and Causa en Comun’s efforts to increase citizen ...
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Training Workshop on Trafficking in Persons (TIP)

The Philippine Embassy, in conjunction with the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is holding a week-long training workshop on trafficking in persons (TIP) September 22-26 for Philippine Foreign Service Officers posted to the Western Hemisphere. In her welcoming remarks to the group, Political Officer Rebecca Morgan highlighted that there are an estimated 27 ...
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Ongoing U.S. Citizen Evacuation Efforts from Cabo San Lucas in Aftermath of Hurricane Odile September 19, 6 pm

Mexico City, September 19, 2014 – Most U.S. citizens have left the La Paz area and basic services have improved in much of the area.  U.S. Consular support assisting U.S. citizens in La Paz is now relocating to Los Cabos.  Any U.S. citizen in the La Paz area needing to depart immediately should make their ...
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Hurricane Odile in Baja California Sur

Mexico City, Mexico, September 16, 2014 – U.S. officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Odile and its effects on Mexico. The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State.  Though Baja California Sur is a popular destination for U.S. tourists, U.S. Embassy Mexico City has received no reports ...
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Advanced Training Workshop for Drug Courts

From September 30 to October 3 in the city of Cuernavaca, Morelos experts from Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Mexico participated in as Advanced Training Workshop for Drug Courts (Taller de Capacitación de Alto Nivel sobre Tribunales de Tratamiento en Adicciones or TTA).  Through the Merida Initiative, some  Mexican states are offering ...
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Attorneys General Discuss Trafficking of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Attorney General Holder attended a joint meeting in Mexico City today with his counterparts from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The group discussed ways to improve public safety across Central America in order to address the underlying factors that have contributed to the flow of unaccompanied minors across the Southwest border of the United ...
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Meeting with State Government West

Executive Director of State Government West, Edgar E. Ruiz, met Ambassador Wayne to discuss ongoing projects with support of USAID. Edgar E. Ruiz highlighted the Regional Forums of Economic Competitiveness that bring together public and private sector representatives from Mexico and the United States to discuss mutual interests. Up to date, there have been three ...
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Nutritional Education Workshop

USDA/ U.S. Embassy Mexico City sponsored a Nutritional Education Workshop at the 18th Expo Internacional DE Porductos No Tradicionales in Merida on 21 August.  Attended by over two-hundred, the enthusiastic audience actively participated in learning more from nutritional experts about proper diet and nutrition as well as learning how to prepare healthy foods made from ...
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Arun Kumar met with Mexico based companies today to learn more about reforms in the telecommunications and energy markets underway in Mexico

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar met with Mexico based companies today to learn more about reforms in the telecommunications and energy markets underway in Mexico.  Assistant Secretary Kumar expressed his desire to see more U.S. companies participate in developing opportunities in Mexico and ...
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey made his first visit to Mexico

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey made his first visit to Mexico as Director to meet with Mexico’s Secretary of Governance, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong and Attorney General Murillo Karam to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues including kidnapping, fugitives and cyber-crimes. In his meetings with SEGOB and PGR, the Director ...
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Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Laura F. Dogu opened the Unaccompanied Alien Children Symposium hosted by ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and Narcotics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.  The event, with participants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, stressed the current crisis and dangers for unaccompanied children migrating through Central America, Mexico, and ...
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California and Mexico Sign Agreement to Curb Labor Recruiter Abuse

California Governor Edmund Brown, accompanied by Ambassador Wayne, met with Mexican Secretary of Labor Navarrete to sign a Letter of Intent establishing a Mexico-California pilot project to curb the abusive practices of recruiters of temporary workers who travel to California on H-2 visas.  These workers, who are generally hired by U.S. employers through private recruitment ...
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California and Mexico Sign Agreement to Foster Trade and Investment

Governor of California Edmund Brown, accompanied by Ambassador Wayne, met with Minister of Economy Guajardo to discuss economic priorities between the State of California and Mexico, including border management and linkages between information technology (IT) industries.  Brown and Guajardo also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand trade and investment, recognizing the already significant ...
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California Governor Brown hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Mexico

California Governor Brown and his 150-person trade delegation were hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Mexico (AMCHAM) where they met with several guests, including representatives of California companies present in Mexico and Mexican government officials to deepen links between investors, companies and potential partners. During the event, Ambassador Wayne said, “In our mission to ...
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High Level Environmental and Climate Change Dialogue between Mexico and California

On July 29, under the High Level Environmental and Climate Change Dialogue between Mexico and California, Governor Jerry Brown and the government of Mexico signed an agreement to jointly combat climate change. This agreement will strengthen cooperation in adaptation and mitigation to climate change, as well as combating forest fires, improving air quality and promoting ...
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U.S. Participates in Pacific Alliance Legislators Meeting

Mexican legislators hosted observer countries from the Pacific Alliance today as part of the first meeting of the Commission of Legislative Affairs of the Alliance.  Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Stephanie Miley represented the United States, praising the Alliance’s progress and outlining some of the areas of cooperation with the U.S., which include facilitating business ...
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Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. History and Government (SUSI) program

his is the seventh year in a row that the US Embassy in Mexico City, in collaboration with consulates from around the country, is sending Mexican indigenous students to  a Study of the U.S. Institute on U.S. History and Government (SUSI) program .  These students hail from multiple Mexican states and universities.  They join counterparts from Guatemala in participating in the SUSI program which gives participants a ...
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Mid-year review of the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED)

U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Pritzker and Mexican Economy Secretary Guajardo held a digital video conference to conduct a mid-year review of the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).  The HLED discussions permit the U.S. and Mexico to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation, and global competitiveness. Within these ...
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U.S.-Mexico Cooperation on Promoting Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

On June 1, Maria Contreras-Sweet, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Jose Antonio Meade, Foreign Secretary of Mexico, met to discuss expanded cooperation to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth. The discussion centered on ways in which our countries can build partnerships for small business creation and growth, primarily under the Mexico-United ...
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Ambassador Wayne attended ConnectMEX Conference

On May 29 Ambassador Wayne attended ConnectMEX, a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) conference in which Mexico’s Communication and Transport Ministry also participated. The conference was designed to gather U.S. companies and key sponsors working on projects in Mexico, in order to explore new project opportunities in the telecommunications and transport sectors in Mexico. ...
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Ambassador Wayne attends “Crime Prevention Week” activities

Ambassador Wayne participated on Wednesday May 7 in a ceremony to unveil the “Juarez Model of Citizen Intervention for Security” manual, developed by the Under Secretariat for Crime Prevention and Public Engagement. Ambassador Wayne agreed on the importance of sharing good practices and government engagement with citizens, and recognized the work carried out by the ...
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World Intellectual Property Day 2014- “Movies: A Global Passion”

Mexico City, April 30, 2014 – In celebration of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the National Chamber of Cinematography and Videogram Industry (CANACINE) hosted a movie screening and forum to highlight the importance ...
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Ambassador Wayne Visits “Casa de la Amistad” for Children with Cancer

Mexico City, April 29, 2014 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Ing. Guillermo Wolf, Executive Vice President and General Director of the American Chamber of Commerce, visited Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cancer this morning with several prominent executives of U.S. businesses such as Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Best Buy, Procter and Gamble, Disney, Oracle, Office Depot, Dell, Microsoft, and ...
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Australian Ambassaodor hosts event in honor of ANZAC

Australian Ambassador to Mexico Tim George hosted a commemoration event at his residence in honor of ANZAC on April 25. ANZAC is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and ...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Mexico

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited Mexico to participate in the North American Trilateral Defense Ministerial talks hosted by the Government of Mexico and with the participation of Canada’s Minister of National Defense Robert Nicholson. This is the second time the defense ministers from the three countries have met for high-level consultations following the ...
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Discussion of global trade and agricultural issues

The Ambassador met prominent business leaders Marcelo Martins, Devry Boughner and Valeria Olson from Cargill to discuss global trade and agricultural issues. They spoke about ways to better involve and integrate North American businesses and the Mexican agricultural sector. The Cargill leaders and the Ambassador agree that our future bilateral agenda hinges on promoting North ...
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The Heads of the Cooperation Agencies of the Governments of Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador Signed a Letter of Intent to Support the Cacao

Mexico City, Mexico, April 15, 2014 – The heads of the cooperation agencies of the governments of Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador signed a letter of intent to support the Cacao Initiative in El Salvador and pursue collaboration opportunities in Central America. In response to the coffee rust outbreak, the Cacao Initiative supports ...
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Discussion on Trafficking in Persons with Senior Mexican Officials

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar led a delegation to Mexico City with Senator Heidi Heitkamp to discuss trafficking in persons with senior Mexican officials and leaders of non-governmental organizations.  During their visit, the Senators along with Ambassador Wayne met with Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam to explore how the United States and Mexico can work together ...
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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah visits Mexico

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is in Mexico April 15-16 participating in the High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. As part of his visit, on April 15 he signed a letter of intent with Mexico’s International Development Cooperation Agency (AMEXCID) and the government of El Salvador to support the Cacao Initiative as ...
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Mexican Businessman

Ambassador Wayne and VivaAerobus CEO Roberto Alcantara Rojas met April 23 and discuss the government of Mexico’s attempt to reform numerous sectors to improve competition.  The two also discussed Alcantara’s investments in land and air transportation as well as his new venture with media group Prisa.
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Meetings with Microsoft Mexico

Ambassador Wayne and Microsoft Mexico General Director Juan Alberto González met to discuss Mexico’s economy, Microsoft’s plans for continued growth in Mexico, its prospects for taking advantage of the telecom reform, and the company’s educational initiatives and partnerships with the U.S. Embassy.
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Home Building Project

Volunteers from the Embassy joined others in the community to participate in a home-building project in Cuajimalpa with the charitable organization Mision Santa Fe and their partner Construye. In just a few days the volunteers built a new home for a mother and her three children. Ambassador Wayne and DCM Dogu visited the worksite to support and encourage ...
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Meetings with Youth

During a trip to Chiapas, Ambassador Wayne learned first-hand from students and alumni that have benefited from educational programs sponsored by the USG that have impacted their lives and helped them better their communities across the state of Chiapas.  Ambassador Wayne attended a workshop focused on combating youth drug and alcohol abuse organized by members ...
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Official Meetings in Chiapas

Ambassador Wayne travelled to Chiapas where he had the opportunity to meet with Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco Coello, Secretary of the Environment Carlos Morales Vázquez, General Director of the Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Chiapas (CONECULTA) Juan Carlos Cal y Mayor Franco, and other high level officials to promote people-to-people, environmental, ...
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Attorneys General Visit Mexico

Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Dogu met with Attorneys General from the U.S. states of Florida, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado during their visit to Mexico City. The delegation is in Mexico to advance the work of the U.S. State Attorneys General “Consortium to Fight Transnational Organized Crime.” The delegation will meet with Mexican ...
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CANACITRA’s 2014 National Convention of Industrialists

Ambassador Wayne participated in CANACITRA’s 2014 National Convention of Industrialists, headlining a panel on the North American Free Trade Agreement.  He stressed that now was an opportunity to look forward, and build on the successes of NAFTA to foster North American competitiveness. “Today, we have one of the most effective cross-border production platforms in the ...
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Ambassador Anthony Wayne met with Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation (IAF)

Ambassador Anthony Wayne met with Robert Kaplan, President and CEO of the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent U.S. government agency created in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. During the meeting, Mr. Kaplan highlighted the foundation’s objectives and projects developed for communities in almost every ...
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Ambassador Wayne Met with Bill Richardson

Ambassador Wayne and Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, met today in Mexico City to talk about U.S.-Mexican relations.  “It was a pleasure to meet with Gov. Richardson, who has been a longtime advocate for strong ties between the United ...
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Ambassador Wayne met with a team of think-tankers and journalists from the New America Foundation

Ambassador Wayne had the opportunity today to talk with a team of think-tankers and journalists from the New America Foundation a U.S. think-tank which works on a broad range of foreign affairs, economic, education and other issues.  The group is in Mexico for several days to discuss the dynamic changes going on in Mexico, and ...
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Ambassador Wayne welcomed Grupo ICA Chairman Bernardo Quintana

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Grupo ICA Chairman Bernardo Quintana to the U.S. Embassy on January 30 to discuss ongoing developments in construction and infrastructure.  Mr. Quintana was optimistic about the prospects for robust infrastructure projects in the coming years.  Grupo ICA (ICA) is the largest engineering, procurement and construction company in Mexico.  It builds and operates ...
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Ambassador Wayne and embassy staff met with Mario Luis Fuentes, the director of CEIDAS

Ambassador Wayne and embassy staff met January 28 with Mario Luis Fuentes, the director of the Center for Research on Social Development and Assistance (CEIDAS), and one of his colleagues to better understand Mexico’s 2012 General Law against Trafficking in Persons and the reasons behind the debate to amend it.  “Since the General Law’s passage ...
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Meeting with MABE Mexico

Ambassador Wayne welcomed Mabe Chairman and CEO Luis Berrondo Avalos to the U.S. Embassy to discuss the key economic issues impacting Mabe’s North America operations. Founded in Mexico in 1946, Mabe has 16 brands and is the largest appliance produce in Mexico and Latin America.  The company’s 20,000 employees last year produced approximately 13 million ...
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