While in Virginia, the Foreign Secretary met with community leaders, highlighting the importance of educational programs, the contributions made by Mexicans to the state of Virginia and consular and preventive health services.
The Foreign Secretary was accompanied by the Undersecretary for North America, Paulo Carreño, and Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Carlos Manuel Sada.
Later in the day, the Foreign Secretary presented a symbolic check for IME scholarships to the Sacred Heart Center.
155,000 Mexicans live in the state of Virginia and are served by the consular section of the Mexican embassy in Washington, D.C.
Mexico is the third largest market for Virginia’s exports, after Canada and China. In 2015, Mexico imported USD1.2 billion from Virginia and exported USD 929 million to Virginia. It is estimated that 133,800 jobs in Virginia depend on its trade with Mexico.
Mexico and the United States trade a million dollars per minute, every day. Six million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. Mexico is a major economic partner of thirty of the 50 U.S. states.