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.
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.”
“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.”