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Governor Ducey will host binational Summit, “At the Crossroads of Opportunity”

AMC Press Release
Media Contact: Ruth Soberanes
Phone: (602) 542-1287
E-mail: rsoberanes@az.gov
Web: www.azmc.org

May 31, 2017
For Immediate Release


Governor Ducey will host binational Summit, “At the Crossroads of Opportunity”

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will welcome Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich and over 600 leaders from the United States and Mexico at the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) premier binational Summit titled, “At the Crossroads of Opportunity.” 

“Arizona and Mexico are more than neighbors,” said Governor Ducey. “Not only are we tied geographically, but Mexico represents Arizona’s greatest international trade partner times four. I am pleased to continue growing my partnership with Governor Pavlovich in driving job growth in our region.”

Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich will join Governor Ducey at what will be their third joint plenary session to promote a strong, cooperative relationship. They will reaffirm their commitment to promoting economic prosperity for the region through mutual collaboration and by championing key initiatives that impact the region. On Friday, both Governors will meet with leaders of the public and private sectors from both sides of the border.

“Arizona and Sonora are truly at a crossroads of opportunity. Our states are a model example of a strong partnership. By working together, our governors have improved the safety and prosperity of our communities,” said Jessica Pacheco, AMC President. “This Summit seeks to further advance our cooperation with our partners to the south.”   

The governors will sign Agreements of Cooperation in economic development. In addition, the AMC, in partnership with the Comisión Sonora-Arizona (CSA), will host fourteen binational committee meetings. These committees are comprised of business and government leaders who develop action items promoting trade and binational information sharing. 

Participants will also receive updates from top CEOs and experts on topics related to the region’s most dominant sectors. The AMC Summit’s notable keynote speakers include U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello, Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz, and ProMéxico CEO Paulo Carreño King.

“The United States and Mexico must closely work together at all levels of our government to facilitate trade and jointly find innovative solutions to challenges,” said Vitiello. “Unified Cargo Processing is an example of just that: an innovative solution led by local leadership at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, AZ that has drastically improved trade facilitation. I am honored to participate in the Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit with our partners in Arizona and in Mexico to discuss our valued partnership.”

Since 1959, the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) has led Arizona’s cross-border relations working to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information. The AMC Summit will take place on June 1-2, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ. 

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The 2017 AMC Summit is open to the media. To register for a media pass, click here. For media information, or more information about the Arizona-Mexico Commission, please contact Ruth Soberanes, Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, at (602) 542-1287, or by e-mail at rsoberanes@az.gov.  Visit the AMC online at www.azmc.org.

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