On June 23-24, the Arizona- Mexico Commission (AMC) hosted its premier annual event, the 2016 AMC Summit: “Visionary Leadership Driving Global Competitiveness.” Under the leadership of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, we saw record-breaking attendance (with over 500 business and government leaders) and an unprecedented magnitude and level of participants in our organization’s 57 years of history. Our speakers included three cabinet level Mexican government officials (Secretary of Agriculture Jose Calzada, Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu), the Undersecretaries of Energy and Transportation, ambassadors, entrepreneurs like the designer of the Soccket, Victor Angel, and top mining executives such as Jaime Lomelin.
Governor Ducey and Governor Pavlovich sent a clear signal promoting our region and forging closer ties at our Summit. The Governors participated in several private meetings with officials from Mexico’s highest levels of government and our binational committees’ co-chairs. The Governors also spoke at our Decision Makers Panel and signed agreements of cooperation between our states during the plenary session. The agreements included:
- Health: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Sonora Secretariat of Public Health to promote opportunities for exchanges and training of public health professionals of both states and to join efforts to address concussions in the Arizona-Sonora region.
- Real Estate: Declaration of Cooperation between the Cadastral Institute and Registry for the State of Sonora and the Arizona Department of Real Estate to coordinate the sharing of information regarding the registration process in Sonora and Arizona.
- Economic Development: Declaration of Cooperation between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Sonora Secretariat of Economy to coordinate regional promotion in business attraction efforts.
- Infrastructure and transportation: Agreement on collaboration between the Arizona Department of Transportation and Department of Infrastructure and Urban Development of the State of Sonora (SIDUR) on collaboration and participation in the Arizona-Mexico Corridor Study.
In addition our binational committees’ chairs met with their Sonoran counterparts to discuss common goals and action plans. Their action plans will be posted on our website.
Furthermore, representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Mexican Customs (“Aduanas”) made an announcement during our Summit that both Customs services are implementing a Pilot Program to Co-Locate Aduanas personnel inside the Mariposa inspection compound. U.S. Customs personnel will enter Mexico to conduct pre-inspections and therefore pre-clear U.S.-bound conveyances. Once these conveyances cross the border and enter the U.S. inspection facilities, they are to be treated as low risk shipments and expedited through the inspection process. This pilot program stands to make Nogales more competitive than other ports of entry on the US-Mexico border.
Our event also received widespread coverage from members of the media locally and internationally. Some articles include:
- Ducey y Pavlovich prometen activar ‘mega región’- La Voz
- My Turn (Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu): Grow trade with Mexico now (or regret it later)- AZ Central
- Exclusive: Ducey talks rebuilding, expanding relations with Sonora, Mexico- Phoenix Business Journal
We are grateful for all participants and supporters who made this event possible! To see a full gallery of photos, please click here.