The Secretary of
Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, met with the Governor of Arizona, Doug
Ducey, in order to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between Mexico
and the state of Arizona.
During the meeting,
the Secretary Guajardo Villarreal said that the initiatives are being carried
out with the state of Arizona will help to boost the competitiveness of the
Parties, by strengthening the bilateral mechanism High Level Economic Dialogue
Mexico - United States (DEAN, in Spanish) ; an ambitious bilateral agenda
promoted by the presidents of both nations that seeks to promote the
competitiveness and the connectivity, encourage the economic development, the
productivity and the innovation, and be strategic partners in the regional
In turn, the
governor of Arizona said that the priority of his administration is to promote
the trade and the investment opportunities with Mexico. The Governor Ducey
insisted that this trip is the beginning of a new relationship between Mexico
and Arizona, and he pledged that his state will help to promote the interests of
our country in the United States.
As part of the
bilateral agenda, Mexico and the United States have emphasized the importance
of improving the management of the border crossings through the initiative of
Border XXI Century, in which the participation and leadership of Arizona is
essential to develop projects to improve the relationship and the efficiency of
operations at the border. In Arizona, there are six highlighted projects that
will contribute to this objective in the ports of entry of Douglas, Naco,
Nogales, Sasabe, Lukeville and San Luis, where every year 48.3 million people,
760,000 trailers and 1,600 trains cross them.
The development of
infrastructure in the border will improve the bilateral relations between
Mexico and Arizona, and will open new opportunities for trade and investment.
Mexico is the first export market for Arizona, with 41% (8,600 US million) of
the sales made by that entity.
In 2014, the
exports of Arizona to Mexico grew 22%, surpassing the growth of 6.2% in the
exports the United States makes to Mexico. Meanwhile, the Mexican exports to
that state reached 7,300 million dollars in 2014, 3.8% more than the previous
The Governor is
accompanied by a delegation of 50 businessmen from the state seeking business
opportunities in sectors such as aerospace, health, logistics and transport,
education and construction.
The state of
Arizona has a representative office in Sonora and another one in Mexico City,
through which an attempt is made to link companies of that country in the national