Arizona-Mexico Commission Advocacy, Trade, Networking, & Information Mon, 21 May 2018 05:47:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Video: Juan Ciscomani Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:01:59 +0000 Continue reading ]]>  

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.”

Governor Ducey will host binational Summit, “At the Crossroads of Opportunity” Wed, 31 May 2017 19:00:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]> AMC Press Release
Media Contact: Ruth Soberanes
Phone: (602) 542-1287

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. 


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  Visit the AMC online at

Arizona and Sonora Border Mayors Meet in Phoenix Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:37:07 +0000 Continue reading ]]> AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes  -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.


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.


Juan Ciscomani Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:50:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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.

Arizona and Sinaloa Strengthen Relations Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:29:14 +0000 Continue reading ]]> AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: February 13, 2016
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes -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.


Arizona And Baja California Forge Closer Ties Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:22:03 +0000 Continue reading ]]> AMC Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2017
Media contact: Ruth Soberanes  -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.


Real Estate Co-Chair Judy Lowe on International Opportunities Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:01:53 +0000 Continue reading ]]>


D. Patrick Lewis: We’re always looking for international opportunities. Obviously, we border two very large countries and having good relations with them is important. I know you’re on the Arizona-Mexico Commission. What can you tell me about that, what is coming out of that commission right now?

Judy Lowe: The Arizona-Mexico Commission is a group (that) encourages and fosters cross-border collaboration between Sonora Mexico, which is our counterpart on the other side of the border, and Arizona.

I co-chair the Real Estate Committee with Mike Hammond, who is a commercial realtor in Arizona. He’s from the private sector. We work with our counterparts in what is known not as the Real Estate Department, but ICRESON, which is the government real estate entity in Sonora.

We work on opportunities for networking and we also interact with the business community in the economic opportunity growth of each of our states.

D. Patrick Lewis: Do you see some exciting things happening with them over the next couple of years?

Judy Lowe: We do. In Sonora, up until very recently, the real estate professional didn’t have to have a real estate license. The shoe shine boy on the corner could really sell a beautiful, beach condominium to an American buyer who maybe felt that they were working with a real estate licensee.

We’re putting in place real estate license law in Sonora. The challenges around it are — how do you enforce the requirement when you don’t have a department that has a regulatory arm to it? We’ve been very, very instrumental in working with our Sonoran counterparts in putting that together.

Boots on the Border: Good for the Border Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

Boots on the Border:  Good for the Border

Earlier this month, Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, along with Senator Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced the Boots on the Border Act.  This legislation is designed to remove the onerous, and at times duplicative, polygraph testing that is currently imposed on applicants that are veterans, military service members and members of other law enforcement entities that are applying for positions with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

CBP has not been able to fill 1,100 positions that were funded in the 2014 budget because the overly burdensome polygraph process is eliminating many veterans and current military personnel that are considering a career protecting our nation and our borders.  CBP is reporting that the Tucson sector alone has over 21% of its fulltime positions unfilled.  This condition is perpetuated by the extremely low ratio of job applicants to actual hires at CBP.

Arizona and its federal partners, CBP and the General Services Administration have invested over $400 million in port of entry infrastructure over the last 8 years but there is simply not enough staff to open-up every lane that is available.  Port Directors have to play a constant game of taking from one to open up another in order to minimize the impacts to our ports of entry and to our border communities.  Officers are forced to work extensive amounts of overtime and at times max out and cannot work anymore overtime.  CBP needs to have the necessary staff to ensure the security of our nation along with facilitating trade and tourism that are critical to the Arizona and national economy.

Arizona’s border communities report that at least 70% of the sales tax generated in each community is directly attributable to the Mexican visitor and shopper.  But if visitors have long delays to cross the border then they simply will not come to our stores and our restaurants.  Additionally, Arizona’s trade relationship with Mexico totals over $15 billion in imports and exports and without efficient ports of entry we cannot maximize the opportunities that exist for Arizona companies.

CBP has made great efforts to streamline the recruiting process but they still have a long way to go.  The Boots on the Border Act offers a new tool and a tremendous opportunity for Customs and Border Protection to recruit and hire some of the most qualified individuals our nation has to offer.  We urge the entire Arizona Congressional delegation to support this legislation.

The Honorable Gerardo Sanchez, Mayor, City of San Luis
The Honorable Doug Nicholls, Mayor, City of Yuma
The Honorable John Doyle, Mayor, City of Nogales
The Honorable Robert Uribe, Mayor, City of Douglas
John S. Halikowski, Chairman, Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance
Jessica Pacheco, President, Arizona-Mexico Commission
Guillermo Valencia, Chairman, Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority
The Honorable Matias Rosales, Chairman, Greater Yuma Port Authority
Carlos Fernandez, Chairman, Douglas International Port Authority
Patrick Scherden, Chairman, Douglas Regional Economic Development Corporation
Gonzalo Avila, Chairman, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

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Video: AZ Expedition Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:14:07 +0000
Check out Arizona Office of Tourism’s Arizona Expedition Season 2 preview

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Video: New AMC President Jessica Pacheco Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:05:10 +0000
New AMC President Jessica Pacheco Interview

Check out this video featuring our very own Jessica Pacheco who speaks about the importance of Arizona strengthening the relationship with Mexico and Sonora

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