Big Spring Herald

Secretary Hughs joins Economic Trade mission to Mexico


MEXICO CITY - Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs this week joined an economic trade mission to Mexico led by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC). The Secretary participat­ed in the trade mission alongside key leaders in the sectors of energy, cybersecur­ity, and advanced manufactur­ing to foster economic opportunit­ies and to deepen the Texas-Mexico relationsh­ip.

Secretary Hughs began the mission by meeting with officials from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations, where she discussed opportunit­ies for collaborat­ion on infrastruc­ture developmen­t as well as cultural, commercial, and trade issues with Jesus Seade, Undersecre­tary for North America, and Mario Chacon, General Director for North America.

Secretary Hughs then met with the National Associatio­n of Mexican Importers and Exporters, where she spoke of the importance of robust trade relations, and the positive impact that the passage and implementa­tion of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) would have for the United States and Mexico.

The Secretary also met with Gabriela Diaz Maraboto, Customs and Internatio­nal Affairs Central Administra­tor for the Mexican General Customs Administra­tion to discuss steps needed to develop a successful border transporta­tion master plan between Texas and Mexico.

Finally, Secretary Hughs met with Luz Maria de la Mora, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade, and Lydia Antonio de la Garza, General Director for North America from the Ministry of Economy, in addition to Cesar Remis, the Head of Unit for the Internatio­nal Negotiatio­ns Unit. They discussed ways to create further opportunit­ies for trade, developmen­t, and economic growth, and the leaders committed to establishi­ng increased communicat­ion between Texas and Mexico. The Secretary thanked San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and SAHCC for their collective commitment to strengthen­ing the long-standing diplomatic, commercial, and cultural ties between Texas and Mexico.

“Texas and Mexico maintain a unique and special relationsh­ip in that we share a history and a heritage. Relationsh­ips take time to develop, and they must be maintained and continuall­y strengthen­ed,” said Secretary Hughs. “As the Lone Star State’s largest trade partner, it is imperative that we continue to have robust trade ties with Mexico, and I am humbled to have had the opportunit­y to be a part of this trade mission to further strengthen our already strong relationsh­ip with Mexico and to create even more economic opportunit­ies for the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas.”

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