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Arizona Week Interview: “This is Arizona’s Time”

TUCSON — Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Juan Ciscomani, joined host Lorraine Rivera on Friday’s “Arizona Week” to discuss Arizona’s improved relationship with Mexico.

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On the Arizona-Mexico Relationship:
“This has been a priority for the governor since day one. His first international mission trip was to Mexico City, five to six months after he was in office, which is what opened the door to the kind of relationship we have now. At that point, Governor Pavlovich hadn’t been elected yet. But as soon as she was elected, the governor gave her a call, and that started a great relationship, which become a partnership, and is now a friendship. That kind of relationship that we enjoy, we’re not going to turn back on.”

On Trade:
“Over $8 billion is what we do on exports, and just around $7.2 billion in imports, so we export more than we import. In this relationship, Arizona wins. To put it into perspective, Mexico trades more with Arizona than they do with the entire country of Germany. The combined import-export relationship with Mexico almost reaches $16 billion for the state – huge. It’s responsible for creating about 100,000 jobs directly here in the state of Arizona, plus the indirect jobs as well.”

On the Rocky Point Port:
“This is a great opportunity for the region. They are going to be attracting hundreds of cruise ships into that region. What that means is we are promoting the two-nation destination.”

AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov  -or-  602-323-4784

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona-Mexico Commission, together with sister organization Comisión Sonora-Arizona, hosted the Arizona and Sonora Border Mayors Forum today. Local leaders from cities located along the 300 mile Arizona-Mexico border gathered in Phoenix to discuss and identify synergies in their work supporting security and economic development in Arizona and Sonora.

“Through the work of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Governor Ducey convened border mayors to encourage cooperation in strengthening Arizona’s commercial ties with our Sonoran neighbors,” said Juan Ciscomani, Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs. “This meeting is another example of the Governor’s leadership and focus on this important relationship,” added Ciscomani.

The stakeholders heard updates from our state and federal leaders on border community enforcement initiatives and border infrastructure development opportunities, among others, including Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson, Sonoran Secretary of the Economy Jorge Vidal, Arizona Office of Tourism Director Debbie Johnson, Sonora State office of Tourism Interim Director Hector Platt, and Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski. Additionally, four Consul Generals representing the United States and Mexico in the region joined the discussion.

“We had a rich discussion on trade, tourism, and economic development efforts in Arizona and Sonora,” said Yamilett Martinez, Executive Director, Comisión Sonora-Arizona. “Our goal is to strengthen our partnership and learn how to be better ambassadors for our region.”

In 2016, for the first time Arizona’s six ports of entry processed more than 400,000 northbound trucks in one year. Additionally, the ports of entry processed nearly 50 million people in two-way traffic. The average daily dollars spent in Arizona by Mexican companies and consumers is $7.5MM. According to the University of Arizona, 70% of Arizona border cities’ tax revenue is directly attributable to the Mexican visitor.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – La Comisión Arizona- México, conjuntamente con su organización hermana la Comisión Sonora-Arizona, organizaron hoy un foro de alcaldes fronterizos de Arizona y Sonora. Líderes locales de las ciudades ubicadas a lo largo de las 300 millas (más de 450 kilometros) de la frontera Arizona-México se reunieron en Phoenix para dialogar e identificar oportunidades de sinergia en sus esfuerzos impulsando la seguridad y el desarrollo económico en Arizona y Sonora.

“A través de los esfuerzos de la Comisión Arizona-México, el Gobernador Ducey convocó a alcaldes fronterizos para crecer la cooperación entre Arizona y nuestros vecinos en Sonora y fortalecer nuestros lazos comerciales,” dijo Juan Ciscomani, Consejero Principal de Asuntos Regionales e Internacionales de la Oficina del Gobernador Ducey. “Esta reunión es otro ejemplo del liderazgo del Gobernador y su atención a esta relación tan estrecha e importante,” sumo Ciscomani.

Los participantes recibieron información actualizada de líderes estatales y federales sobre las iniciativas de seguridad de comunidades fronterizas y las oportunidades del desarrollo de infraestructura fronteriza, entre otras, incluyendo a la Directora General de la Autoridad de Comercio de Arizona Sandra Watson, el Secretario de Economía de Sonora Jorge Vidal, la Directora de la Oficina de Turismo de Arizona Debbie Johnson, el Secretario de Turismo Interino de Sonora Héctor Platt y el Director del Departamento de Transporte de Arizona John Halikowski. Adicionalmente, cuatro Cónsules Generales de Estados Unidos y México se incorporaron a la discusión.

“Tuvimos un dialogo provechoso acerca del comercio, turismo y desarrollo económico en ambos estados, Arizona y Sonora,” dijo Yamilett Martínez, Directora de la Comisión Sonora-Arizona. “Nuestra meta es fortalecer nuestra alianza y aprender cómo ser mejores representantes de nuestra región.”

En 2016, por primera vez en la historia, los puertos de entrada de Arizona procesaron más de 400,000 camiones de carga en ruta norte en un año. Adicionalmente, los puertos de entrada procesaron cerca de 50 millones de personas en ruta norte y sur. El gasto diario promedio de compañías y consumidores mexicanos en Arizona es de $7.5 millones de dólares.  En referencia de la Universidad de Arizona, cerca del 70% de los ingresos de impuestos en las ciudades fronterizas de Arizona, proviene de los visitantes mexicanos.

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Juan Ciscomani
Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs
Office of the Arizona Governor | Douglas A. Ducey

Juan is the Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs for Governor Ducey. He is a native of Hermosillo, Sonora and grew up in Tucson. He graduated from the University of Arizona and completed a competitive 1 year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. As Vice President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Juan led their growth to triple it in size. He also expanded the chamber’s presence in Mexico by promoting trade opportunities with Arizona. In February of 2015, Juan was appointed by Governor Ducey to serve on his Senior Leadership Team. In his current role as the Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Juan is responsible for the operations of the Southern Arizona office, the Governor’s Hermosillo office, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission. He leads the Governor’s efforts internationally, and serves as the Governor’s liaison with all Latin American Consulate Offices in Arizona. Additionally, he is part of a select group within the Governor’s Senior Leadership Team who review and interview judicial candidates before their appointment interview with Governor Ducey. Married to Laura, they have Zoe (8), Juan Jr. (6), Kenneth (3), Lily (1) and Lucas Noe (newborn) as their proudest accomplishments.

AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: February 13, 2016
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov -or- 602-542-1287

PHOENIX, Ariz. –Arizona and Sinaloa have entered into an agreement to explore mutual areas of interest and opportunities in economic development, trade, and tourism. Jessica Pacheco, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and Jose Mario Cadena, President of the Economic Development Council of the State of Sinaloa (or “CODESIN” for its initials in Spanish) today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Phoenix.

“This is what the AMC is all about- developing closer relations with Mexico in order to facilitate cross-border trade, attract new investment and promote job creation for the benefit of all Arizonans,” said Jessica Pacheco. “I am excited about the opportunities and what they can mean for both states.”

The intent is to establish working groups in the areas of economic development, tourism, agribusiness, and corridor infrastructure development.

“Governor Quirino Ordaz of Sinaloa, much like Governor Ducey, has a strong entrepreneurial spirit.  He is eager to see things happen and the sooner the better,” stated Jose Mario Cadena, President of the Economic Development Council of the State of Sinaloa. “Our states have been growing together for many years if not generations. This agreement helps us provide the structure to move forward,” added Cadena.

The State of Arizona and the State of Sinaloa share a long history of commerce, trade, tourism and cultural ties. This agreement presents an opportunity for both states to grow the existing trade, commerce and tourism that already exists. For example, the fresh produce industry has created deep connections between Arizona and Sinaloa. Approximately $1 billion dollars of produce from Sinaloa crosses through Arizona Ports of Entry each year on their way to market.

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AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes
rsoberanes@az.gov  -or-  602-323-4784

PHOENIX, Ariz. –Arizona and Baja California have entered into an agreement to grow the trade and commercial relationship between both states. Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (“ACA”) and Carlo Humberto Bonfante, Secretary for Economic Development of Baja California (“SEDECO”) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to contribute to the strengthening of the cross-border supply chain in key industry sectors and medical tourism between the two neighboring states.

“As Arizona continues to strengthen and grow our relationships throughout Mexico, we look forward to working collaboratively with Baja California to identify opportunities on both sides of the border,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “I was proud to sign an agreement with Secretary Bonfante, signifying our commitment to exploring these opportunities and advancing the relationship between our two states.”

“On behalf of the Baja California State Government, I would like to express our excitement about the new opportunities that we are building together and that will be beneficial for both of our states,” said Secretary Bonfante. “With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Arizona Commerce Authority and Secretariat of Economic Development of Baja California, we are laying a strong foundation for a broader binational collaboration,” added Secretary Bonfante.

This agreement presents an opportunity for both states to grow the commerce that already exists. “Baja California companies like La Moderna look to Arizona to purchase durhum wheat that is used for making pasta in Mexicali that is then shipped all over the world.  This is a perfect example of the ways in which we can work together.  It translates into jobs, investment and long-term growth,” stated Jessica Pacheco, President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. The states will work to jointly explore supply chain diversification and find mutual opportunities for economic development and growth between Arizona and Baja California.

Arizona and Baja California share a common border and the distance of the state capitals of the State of Arizona and the State of Baja California is a mere 241 miles (388 kilometers). Both states are proven leaders in a number of industry sectors, including aerospace, medical devices, health care technology, advanced manufacturing, tourism, and mining, among others.

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