PHOENIX – Hoy se reunió el Gobernador Doug Ducey con la Gobernadora Electa de Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, para platicar de sus visiones y objetivos para fortalecer su relación bilateral. También presentes en la reunión fueron el equipo ejecutivo de la Comisión Arizona-México así como funcionarios principales del equipo de transición de la Gobernadora Electa.
Los objetivos prinicpales del Gobernador Ducey son expander la presencia de Arizona en México, particularmente en Sonora, y también identificar nuevas oportunidades para aumentar el desarrollo económico, crear nuevas empresas e incrementar el comercio y turismo entre los dos estados.
“Estoy orgulloso del enfoque que hemos puesto sobre la relación de Arizona con su socio internacional más importante. El estrechamiento de la relación entre Arizona y Sonora se beneficiará a ambos estados si trabajamos en conjunto para promover nuestra región y si nos aprovechamos de las oportunidades para fortalecer la misma,” comentó Gobernador Ducey. “Me alienta mucho que la Gobernadora Electa y yo compartamos el mismo compromiso a esta relación tan importante, y valoro mucho su amistad y colaboración para hacer que Arizona y Sonora sean los mejores lugares para vivir, trabajar y hacer negocicios.” t
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JULY 6, 2015
Enhances Arizona-Mexico Commission Presence in Sonora
PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced plans to increase Arizona’s trade efforts in Mexico by enhancing the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s (AMC) current efforts in Sonora, Mexico.
In an expansion of his current role as director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, Juan Ciscomani has been appointed by Governor Ducey to serve as director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Sonora Office.
The Sonora Office will coordinate through the AMC leadership team of Kim Sabow, Executive Director, Justin Dutram, Deputy Executive Director and David Farca, President of the Board of Directors.
“Mr. Ciscomani is an active participant in economic development initiatives in Southern Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His previous experience with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will serve him well in this role, as supporting the growth and expansion of small and medium enterprises is vital to growing bilateral trade between the two states.”
“I am honored to represent Governor Ducey in Sonora and advance his vision for strengthening Arizona’s trade relations with Mexico,” said Mr. Ciscomani. “As a native of Hermosillo, this opportunity is particularly meaningful, and I look forward to promoting the strength and economic vitality of our region.”
In addition, Governor Ducey announced the appointment of Juan Francisco Moreno, a partner of the Gómez del Campo and Moreno Law Firm, to serve as AMC’s private initiatives liaison in Sonora.
Mr. Moreno will join the AMC as the private initiatives liaison for the State of Arizona in Sonora. An attorney with practices in Arizona and Sonora, Mr. Moreno brings many years of experience in representation of U.S. and Mexican companies on investment opportunities, secured lending, cross-border manufacturing and resort, commercial and industrial development in Mexico.
“Mr. Moreno brings a wealth of experience advising Mexican clients on commercial real estate, business formation and contract negotiations in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His knowledge and experience in cross-border business development will be a tremendous asset to the office and will help enhance Arizona’s efforts to expand trade with Sonora.”
“It is an honor to be appointed to the role, and to be able to further Governor Ducey’s objectives of strengthening our relationship with Mexico – Arizona’s largest trading partner – while creating jobs and economic development in the region,” said Mr. Moreno. “I look forward to working together with President David Farca, Executive Director Kim Sabow and the talented and dedicated individuals at the AMC.”
“Mr. Ciscomani and Mr. Moreno have the combined skills and experience that will bring our office in Sonora to a whole new level,” said AMC President David Farca. “They represent an expansion of an incredible team being built at the AMC to bring a completely new approach to the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and will be key in helping to carry out Governor Ducey’s vision for the region.”
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PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Kim Sabow as executive director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC).
Ms. Sabow currently serves as the governor’s director of international affairs and strategic initiatives, working to advance Arizona’s position in the global arena through enhanced international economic and protocol efforts as well as educational and community collaborations. In her expanded position, Ms. Sabow will continue to serve as international advisor to the governor.
“Kim has been a well-known and reputable figure around the Arizona Capitol for more than two decades, bringing keen expertise and across-the-board experience in state government,” said Governor Ducey. “Her extensive knowledge of legislative issues, public affairs, business and workforce development, foreign affairs and more — coupled with the strong ties she has helped build for Arizona over the years — will be a tremendous asset to the Arizona-Mexico Commission.”
Prior to joining the Ducey administration, Ms. Sabow served as assistant vice president of state relations for the University of Arizona, working as the liaison between the University and the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and numerous state agencies to promote UA’s legislative priorities at the State Capitol.
Ms. Sabow has served the State of Arizona under three previous gubernatorial administrations and in a number of capacities, most recently as director of public affairs, acting as the governor’s liaison with business and community entities as well as media organizations throughout the country. Through her work to advance Arizona’s business development efforts, Ms. Sabow was responsible for organizing and executing several international trade and tourism missions and facilitating interactions with numerous foreign delegations and high-profile dignitaries. She also spent several years as an international trade specialist at the Arizona Department of Commerce, representing numerous Arizona companies and promoting the state at events throughout Latin America, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Ms. Sabow earned a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and double minors in communications and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Also joining the Arizona-Mexico Commission as deputy executive director is Justin Dutram.
Mr. Dutram currently serves as program coordinator for the University of Arizona’s Office of Global Initiatives, developing strategic, bilateral initiatives between the University and Mexico.
“Justin has been an active participant in the Arizona-Mexico Commission for several years through his service at the University of Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “His familiarity with education and economic development on a bilateral scale, as well as his affinity and talent for building strong international relationships, will serve him and the AMC well. Both he and Kim are welcome additions to the team.”
Mr. Dutram previously worked for the University as academic outreach coordinator for Santa Cruz County. In this role, he coordinated in the establishment of UA Santa Cruz, a regional learning center offering new education opportunities — including a quality option to receive a bachelor’s degree — for place and circumstance-bound students in Nogales and Santa Cruz County.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in geography and double minors in Latin American studies and Spanish from New Mexico State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in bilingual and multicultural education from Northern Arizona University.
“Kim is an excellent choice to lead the AMC,” said David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. “Her level of expertise, leadership and passion for this work will be hugely valuable as we continue to build upon our relationship with Mexico and make our region more globally competitive.
Additionally, I’m pleased Justin will round out our leadership team. He’s done great work for the University of Arizona, the AMC and southern Arizona, and I look forward to working with both of them in this important effort.”
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AZ WEEK: Fresh International Trade Propels Economy
Check out this video featuring our very own David Farca about the Mariposa Port of Entry: At the 6:23 mark of the video, Christopher Conover interviews David Farca, president of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
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Supplier Expo Nogales 2015
In August 14, 2015, more than 150 professional suppliers of raw materials products and services key to your business success will be part of the Supplier Expo 2015 in Nogales Sonora Mexico. Discover the tools, and access the emerging technologies that are shaping the future of Maquiladoras de Sonora in Nogales. Participants include unique companies, representing the full range of end-user markets—appliances, consumer products, medical, electronics, packaging and more. Regarded for more than 4 years as the Sonora’s leading Supplier Expo trade show and conference, The Supplier Expo 2015 is unequalled in its ability to bring the Maquiladora industry together. This international event features a 130,000 square-feet exhibit hall filled with full-scale, operating machinery and equipment, 150 exhibiting companies, cutting edge technology booths and much more.
Who should attend?
• Plant Managers
• Materials Managers
• Process engineers, production supervisors
• Kaizen & Lean manufacturing coordinators
Suppliers, maquiladora industry and sponsors, we encourage you to take advantage to be part of the exhibition; places are limited. Please register at this address as soon as possible as an exhibitor: www.exponogales.org
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Arizona also announces signing of Mexican infielder Walter Ibarra
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks and @LosDbacks) announced that a contingent of executives will travel to Hermosillo, Mexico next week along with executives from the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix International Raceway as part of a delegation from the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Among those in attendance will be D-backs legend and Special Assistant to the President & CEO Luis Gonzalez, former Phoenix Suns Mexico-born center Horacio Llamas and NASCAR Mexico Series driver Rodrigo Marban.
As part of the goodwill trip, the D-backs on Tuesday will host a clinic for 40 youngsters at Deportivo de Naranja and speak to more than 300 students at an expo at the Universidad de Valle de Mexico. The team will also host a news conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m. local time at the Sonora Press Room.
On Tuesday evening, the D-backs contingent will attend a Winter League game of the defending Caribbean Series champion Hermosillo Naranjeros. The franchise plays its games in Estadio Sonora, a ballpark for which the D-backs consulted on the planning and construction. Estadio Sonora includes several features that resemble the award-winning Spring Training home of the D-backs, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. D-backs Spanish-language broadcaster, Oscar Soria, is the play-by-play announcer for the Naranjeros while fellow broadcaster Richard Saenz will also take part in the club’s visit. D-backs Spanish-language broadcaster Rodrigo Lopez is currently pitching for Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League.
Last week, the D-backs signed Mexico-born infielder Walter Ibarra to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Sinaloa native has played nine seasons in the minor leagues, reaching Triple-A in 2013-14. He will attend big league camp alongside fellow Mexican Oliver Perez, a left-hander who was one of the team’s top pitchers in 2014.
The D-backs have a long-standing history in Hermosillo, having played exhibition games there on nine different occasions (1998-03, 2008-10). The D-backs have hosted Mexican League teams three times at Chase Field and the World Baseball Classic twice (2006 & 2013). The team has made five visits during the past three years to Hermosillo, which is also home to Descubre Phoenix, a Mexico-based tourism outlet that sells tickets to D-backs games and other Phoenix-based events.
Next week’s visit originated from the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Plenary Session in June in which the Sports Committee reconvened in order to achieve the AMC’s mission – to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for all Arizonans through strong, public/private collaborations in advocacy, trade, networking and information.
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Mexico Lifts Limit On Businesses’ Dollar Deposits
MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government says it will no longer limit the monthly cash deposits of U.S. dollars that border businesses can make if the companies allow authorities to monitor their financial transactions and meet other requirements.
President Enrique Pena Nieto says the $14,000 monthly cash deposit limit set in 2010 by the previous administration to fight the laundering of drug money has hurt honest businesses.
Pena Nieto announced the change Friday.
He says companies on Mexico’s border with the United States won’t be limited on cash deposits if they can show they have been established for at least three years, they allow authorities to monitor financial transactions and they prove they need to make deposits larger than $14,000 a month to operate.
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Check out this video featuring our very own Margie Emmermann about the impact I-11’s construction will have on our region’s economic competitiveness:
The Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation have completed a two-year study of the I-11 & Intermountain West Corridor, including the designated future Interstate between Phoenix and Las Vegas as well as enhanced connections to Mexico and future connections through Northern Nevada. More information can be found at www.i11study.com or through the Arizona or Nevada DOTs.
Mexico’s Energy Reforms: Key To Economic Growth?
By: Luis Ramirez Thomas, MSFS,
President, Ramirez Advisors Inter-National, LLC
On Monday, August 1, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a package of landmark energy reform bills into law thus ending the 76 year old state monopoly of Mexico’s state-run oil, gas, and electricity industries. Among the key changes are provisions that will permit the exploration of oil and natural gas by foreign companies in partnership with Petroleos Mexicanos (“Pemex”), the importation of natural gas and gasoline, and the establishment of gas stations by others than Pemex.
Although the laws are now finalized, their full implementation will take several years – until January 1, 2018. At that time Mexico’s Treasury Department (“Hacienda”) will eliminate all controls over the price of gasoline.
For those of us that grew up in Mexico, the prospect of a non-Pemex gas station is surreal. But so are many other aspects of the reform. So much so in fact that over the past few days and weeks leading up to the approval of the reforms by the Mexican Senate, little else garnered much political discussion throughout Mexico. Globally the interest this has caused for the world’s largest oil and exploration companies is truly palpable.
As with any law in Mexico, especially structural changing laws of this magnitude and complexity, it will take quite a bit of time for their implementation. The first sections of the law governing hydrocarbons, electricity and geothermic energy to name a few, will take effect on August 12, 2014. In September of 2014 the new governing boards will be named for both Pemex and the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE). By December of the same year, the plan for the restructuring of Pemex will be presented, including the creation of a totally separate subsidiary that must be created and will be dedicated to exploration and production.
By January 1, 2015, gasoline prices will adjust solely based on inflation rather than what had become the traditional “gasolinazo”, the term that referenced the dramatic announcements of major increases in gas prices from one day to the next. Then on January 1, 2016, Mexico will permit the importation of natural gas and permits for the establishment of other-than-Pemex gas stations will start being issued. A year later, January 1, 2017, Mexico will permit the importation of gasoline which stands to create a competitive market thus affording consumers a choice as to where they purchase their gasoline.
The structural changes are many, including a number of labor changes, particularly with regards to the pension funds for employees of Pemex and CFE – which number in the hundreds of thousands.
While overall sentiment is quite positive that this reform was needed if Mexico is to continue to emerge as one of the most significant economic players in the global economy, the forecasts are still mixed. It is clear that by 2035 Mexico’s energy demand will double and the system that was in place was not up to the task. Pemex, although one of the largest oil companies in the world, was marred by losses, dwindling reserves by traditional measures and lacked the financial wherewithal to invest in new technologies that would allow it to tap into new fields and reserves. The opening up of the energy sector has clearly brought many companies and new resources to the table. The ultimate test will be the ability for Mexico to attract new investment, create new jobs and have the energy sector be a foundation for future growth and development.