OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Post Office Box 12428 512-463-2000 (Voice)
Austin, Texas, 78711 512-475-3165 (TDD)
For Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Walt
March 7, 2001 (512) 463-2000
Gov. Perry to Host Trade Alliance in Dallas
Historic Meeting with Mexican Governors
DALLAS– Governor Rick Perry today opens a historic meeting with governors of Mexico to discuss trade issues at the Governors Trade Alliance.
Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Juan Jose Bremer, and at least nine governors are expected to attend. Several other Mexican governors will be sending delegations to the meeting. In addition, several state officials and legislators, as well as business leaders from Texas and Mexico have been invited. More than 400 people are expected to attend. The event, including a reception and dinner tonight, will be at the Hyatt Regency at Reunion Arena.
“Texas’ border with Mexico is our front door, and our neighbors to the South play an important role in the economic vitality of Texas,” Perry said. “I look forward to this meeting as a big step in promoting discussions between Texas and Mexico. Our discussions will be much broader than just the border region. This is about a more prosperous future for all Texans and all Mexican citizens. We have entered a new era of new leadership in both countries, and Texas must take the lead in developing future opportunities.”
Perry created the Governors Trade Alliance as a way to build relationships and to bring together government and business leaders from Texas and Mexico to foster new ideas and develop new opportunities.
Improving education, health and economic opportunities in our border region is one of Perry’s top priorities. Just last Friday, Governor Perry was named the Border Texan of the Year by the City of Hidalgo.
“The Trade Alliance also will provide a platform for tackling serious issues and addressing shared concerns, such as truck safety, the free flow of commerce, and border health and education needs,” Perry said. “I hope leaders from both Texas and Mexico will come away from this meeting with a better understanding of the unique opportunities in front of us and progress on some of our challenges.”
While Texas governors have historically met with governors of Mexican border states, the Trade Alliance meeting marks the first time a Texas governor has invited all 32 Mexican governors to a summit.
Those who are expected to attend are Govs. Felipe Gonzalez of Aguacalientes, Enrique Martinez of Coahuila, Victor Anchondo of Chihuahua, Juan Carlos Romero of Guanajuato, Manuel Nunez of Hidalgo, Fernando Silva of San Luis Potosi, Enrique Priego of Tabasco, Tomas Yarrington of Tamaulipas and Ignacio Loyola of Queretaro. In addition, the governors of the states of Nuevo Leon, Veracruz, Queretaro and Chiapas are sending delegations to the meeting.
The meeting is being held in Dallas to coincide with the March 8 opening of the “Dallas Incubators,” a project implemented by Mexico President Vicente Fox when he was governor of Guanajuato to increase exports to the United States. Using the Dallas Trade Mart as a model, Mexican officials have set up a warehouse in Dallas to serve as a distribution center for exports from throughout Mexico.
Texas is the first site in which Mexico will open such an export facility; others are scheduled to open soon in California. The Mexican government hopes to open a total of 32 distribution centers throughout the United States.
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NOTE: Media who plan to cover the Trade Alliance must have event credentials. They will be available at the Media sign-in table at the hotel beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Media representatives will need identification with their photo and their news organization.