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AMC NEWS | April 2018
May 01, 2018

AMC Leadership Advocates for Modernization of North American Trade Agreements

AMC Leadership Advocates for Modernization of North American Trade Agreements    AMC Leadership Advocates for Modernization of North American Trade Agreements      

AMC leaders came together with Senator Jeff Flake and former U.S. Congressman Jim Kolbe in Washington, DC to meet with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer in an effort to communicate the importance of trade with Mexico for Arizona’s economy. In the meeting organized by Senator Flake, AMC leaders expressed the need for a modernization of North American trade agreements, to support Arizona’s business community and the state’s success as a leader in international trade. Here’s what AMC leaders had to say about the meeting:

Glenn Hamer, AMC Board Member: “Arizona’s business leaders appreciate the opportunity to visit with Ambassador Lighthizer today and to make the case for a modernized NAFTA,” said the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO.

Russ Jones, AMC Board Member: “The modernization of a North American trade policy that takes into consideration businesses that position Arizona at the forefront of international trade is critical to the future of our economy," said Russ Jones, President of R.L. Jones Customs Brokers. “Ambassador Lighthizer was receptive to considering the needs of Arizona’s business community in the ongoing North American trade agreement negotiations.”

Felipe Garcia, AMC Tourism Committee Co-Chair: “NAFTA is the backbone of the US-Mexico relationship. Thanks to Senator Jeff Flake, we were able to engage in a positive dialogue with Ambassador Lighthizer,” said Visit Tucson Executive Vice President J. Felipe Garcia. “I am glad to see strong interest from the Ambassador to provide a framework that will support small businesses looking to connect with international shoppers.”

Luis Ramirez, Advisor to the AMC: “Meeting with Ambassador Lighthizer was an incredible opportunity to present the realities of the border and to demonstrate the interconnectedness between the US and Mexico," said Luis Ramirez, President of Ramirez Advisors Inter-National. “We delivered the message that modernizing NAFTA was essential for trade, investment and job creation in Arizona. While we may only share 300 miles of border with Mexico, we process more than 25 million people and over $43 billion in trade at our ports of entry.”


AZHCC 2018 Awards Winners

Congratulations to our very own Arizona-Mexico Commission partners for their recognition from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC):

  • Jessica Pacheco, AMC Board President
    AZHCC Woman of the Year

  • Salt River Project (SRP), AMC Diamond Sponsor
    AZHCC Corporation of the Year


Promoting Innovation in Higher Education Through Cross-Border Partnerships


Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Juan Ciscomani, represented the Governor and the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) in Hermosillo, Sonora in a delegation led by University of Arizona President Robert Robbins focused on promoting the drive for innovation in higher education.

Under Governor Ducey’s leadership, the AMC has been focused on facilitating partnerships between Arizona and Sonora universities to expand education, among other areas. This new partnership between the UA and UNISON supports these efforts. The delegation visit also contributes to Governor Ducey’s ongoing efforts to strengthen Arizona’s ties to Mexico.

The signing of four international collaboration agreements for technological and academic development between Robert Robbins, President of the University of Arizona and Enrique Fernando Velázquez Contreras, Rector of the University of Sonora include cloud computing projects, elementary physics, online courses and research summers for nursing students.

President Robbins’ strong support of the relationship between Arizona and Sonora complements Governor Ducey’s shared goals with Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich. Together, both Governors leverage resources that will drive innovation in the region and provide cross-border educational opportunities for students in both states.


AMC Community & Social Organizations Committee Visits Border Community Groups


Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich prioritized cross-border issues impacting our communities with the establishment of the Community and Social Organizations Committee (CSO) last year. The CSO Arizona Co-Chairs, Maria Cristina Fuentes and Emilio Gaynor, came together with their Sonoran Co-Chair counterparts, Margarita Ibarra de Torres and Yolanda Escalante de Mazon, for visits with border community organizations that can benefit from CSO's support through binational collaboration. The visit set the foundation for knowledge and information sharing between the two states on community and social issues, and prompted the development of new initiatives leading into the 2018 AMC Summit.


AMC Partner Events

Complying with U.S. Export Controls
May 2-3, 2018
The Bureau of Industry and Security

Governor's Luncheon
Legislative Update & Business Expo
May 10, 2018
Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Arizona's International Partnerships with Canada & Mexico
May 10, 2018
Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth

Unity Dinner
May 16, 2018
Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association



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