PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today hosted Her Excellency Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, for the 2019 Arizona-Mexico Commission Governor’s Luncheon and her first official visit to Arizona. At the luncheon, Governor Ducey and Ambassador Bárcena discussed opportunities to grow and strengthen the Arizona-Mexico relationship.
“If 60 years of work with the Arizona-Mexico Commission has taught us anything, it’s that we achieve so much more when we work together,” said Governor Ducey. “It’s with a spirit of friendship, and as partners, that we will continue working together toward a brighter future for our families and communities.”
“It is an honor to take part of the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Arizona-Mexico Commission,” said Ambassador Bárcena at the event. “The Arizona-Sonora region is an ethno-cultural entity that precedes even the existence of both Mexico and the United States. We were always integrated by geography, by history and by our common environment.”
During the event, Governor Ducey and Ambassador Bárcena urged the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with Governor Ducey noting, “The USMCA will help the entire Arizona-Sonora region grow our economic momentum in the global marketplace, with help from our neighbor to the north, Canada.”
Arizona’s bilateral trade with its North American trading partners jumped in 2018 — totaling $20.2 billion. Trade with Mexico increased 7.7 percent to a total of $16.7 billion while trade with Canada grew by 2.4 percent to $3.7 billion from 2017 to 2018.
And, according to a report published today by the North American Research Partnership and Crossborder Group, Arizona is well positioned for economic growth under the USMCA. Trade with Mexico and Canada resulted in over 228,000 Arizona jobs in 2017. The report also noted that Arizona’s ports of entry process an average of 9 million personal vehicles, 6.9 million pedestrians and 17.3 million car passengers each year.
View the full report HERE.