Message from Governor

Letter from GOVERNOR DUCEY

Doug Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) website, the go-to site for information about Arizona’s vast and growing relationship with Mexico. I am privileged to carry on the tradition of serving as Chair of an organization with a 55-year legacy of leaders who have guided and strengthened the bilateral relationship with our largest trade partner.

In one of my first official acts as governor, I had the pleasure of meeting with Sonoran Governor Guillermo Padres Elias to initiate a new dialogue around the Arizona-Mexico agenda, including a close partnership based on open communication and a strong economic platform. To establish a robust and competitive trading region, we must partner not only on the traditional topics of trade and transportation, but also on a broad spectrum of opportunities to enhance Arizona’s ability to attract and grow businesses. These include such important topics as security, environment, water, real estate, health and education, among others.

Each and every one of you plays a vital role in helping advance the legacy and affect the change that this relationship affords Arizona. The great work of this organization could not be done without the contributions of our Board of Directors, members and co-chairs from both the private and public sectors. This is what sustains the organization over decades.

I look forward to the unique opportunity to chair this dynamic organization, which has greatly impacted the well-being of our region and made us more globally competitive. I urge everyone to get involved. If you are not a member, join the AMC today. Together we can move this important international partnership forward and expand economic opportunity in the border region and throughout all of Arizona.
Sincerely,

Doug Ducey
Governor
AMC Chair

Sincerely,
Gov Ducey Official Signature 2015
Douglas A. Ducey
Governor
AMC Chair

Governor Ducey’s DIRECT INVOLVEMENT

The AMC offers a platform for a direct discussion with local, tribal, state and federal stakeholders on important bilateral issues present in the Arizona-Sonora region. The AMC has become the conduit for Governor Ducey to be informed on current issues facing border communities and identify best practices to identify a solution. The ongoing bilateral relationship between our neighboring state of Sonora, and even Mexico, has flourished by the Governor’s dedication to the AMC and importance in fostering this relationship. The commitment of both Governors, from Arizona and Sonora, to participate in the AMC’s plenary session is what makes this a unique and prosperous organization helping to accomplish its mission in providing quality of life to the border region. The biannual plenary sessions take place in Arizona during the summer and Sonora during the fall. During the plenary sessions, Governor Ducey along with Governor Padres hold private biateral meetings to discuss issues such as updates to the Arizona-Sonora Ports of Entry, border security issues, legislative sessions, border leaders, and economic opportunities along the CANAMEX trade corridor. As a result to such meetings, Governor Ducey is able to identify state resources and gear them towards border communities when appropriate. In many instances, the meetings call for federal support either from Mexico or the United States, prompting the Governor to seek federal support from federal agencies or congressional leadership. The AMC has created the ideal bilateral platform bringing all stakeholders to discuss common issues between Arizona and Mexico, engaging all entities in government to make this a safe and global competitive region.

Accomplishments

Deepwater PortsWhere: Guaymas, Sonora
What: Deepwater Port Expands Tourism and Trade
Pillars: Trade
In 1959, early AMC accomplishments included a survey of seaports that called attention to Guaymas, Sonora, as a port for future development. In 2004, an AMC Transportation Committee study investigated and assessed the viability of the Port of Guaymas as a potential maritime addition to the Canamex Corridor. In 2008, cruise ships began docking in the now deepwater port.