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Border Conference on the U.S.-Mexico Competitiveness Agenda

Council of the Americas

August 07, 2013

Events

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This was the fourth event of the Council of the Americas border initiative, which aims to foster a public-private dialogue on improving management of the U.S.-Mexico border and deepening economic integration.

The program in El Paso took place at The University of Texas at El Paso campus, located on the U.S.-Mexico border.  It included a series of on-the record Davos-style conversations on bilateral commerce, infrastructure investment, and the Mexican and U.S. reform agendas, among other topics.

Speakers:

  • Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.
  • E. Anthony Wayne, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Representative
  • Javier Treviño, Member of Mexican Federal Congress
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • John Steen, Texas Secretary of State
  • Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Managing Director, North American Development Bank
  • Enrique Norten, Principal, TEN Arquitectos
  • Francisco Uranga, Corporate Vice President and Chief Business Operations Officer for Latin America, Foxconn
  • Bernardo Ayala, Vice President Mexico Markets, Union Pacific
  • Amgad Shehata, Vice President for International Public Affairs, UPS
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Rolando Pablos, CEO, Borderplex Alliance (moderator)
  • Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Judge (moderator)
  • Thomas Fullerton, Chair for the Study of Trade in the Americas, Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, UTEP (moderator)

Dress Code: Business casual - jackets and ties are discouraged.

Media Inquiries: Please contact UTEP Public Information Officer Veronique Masterson at 915-747-5526 or news@utep.edu.

Additional Information: please contact Kezia McKeague at 202-659-8989 or kmckeague@as-coa.org.

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Video: Highlights of the Border Conference on the U.S.-Mexico Competitiveness Agenda

August 12, 2013

Highlights of the fourth event of the Council of the Americas border initiative, which aims to foster a public-private dialogue on improving management of the U.S.-Mexico border and deepening economic integration....

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8:30-9:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast (Undergraduate Learning Center)

9:00-9:30      Welcome and Introduction

  • Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • John Negroponte, Chairman, Council of the Americas
  • Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Representative
  • John Steen, Texas Secretary of State

9:30-10:15     Advancing the U.S.-Mexico Economic Relationship

  • Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S.
  • E. Anthony Wayne, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
  • Moderator: Ambassador John Negroponte, Chairman, Council of the Americas

10:15-11:00     Reform Agendas in Mexico and the United States: Views from the Legislative Branches

  • Beto O’Rourke, U.S. Representative
  • Javier Treviño, Member of Mexican Federal Congress
  • Moderator: Veronica Escobar, El Paso County Judge

11:00-11:15     Coffee Break

11:15-12:00     Stimulating U.S.-Mexico Competitiveness Through Infrastructure Investment and Public/Private Partnerships

  • Bernardo Ayala, Vice President Mexico Markets, Union Pacific
  • Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Managing Director, North American Development Bank
  • Enrique Norten, Principal, TEN Arquitectos
  • Moderator: Rolando Pablos, CEO, Borderplex Alliance

12:00-12:45     A Conversation on the Trade Relationship: 20 Years after NAFTA

  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Amgad Shehata, Vice President for International Public Affairs, UPS
  • Francisco Uranga, Corporate Vice President and Chief Business Operations Officer for Latin America, Foxconn
  • Moderator: Thomas Fullerton, Chair for the Study of Trade in the Americas, Professor of Economics, College of Business Administration, UTEP

1:00-2:00     Luncheon Reception