Capitol Times: Delegations to Mexico enhance trade relationships

Friday, September 15, 2017

In an opinion piece in the Arizona Capitol Times, Mike Huckins wrote that he was honored to be part of a delegation of nearly 70 Arizona business and political leaders who visited Mexico City and Guanajuato to continue to strengthen economic bonds with Mexico, Arizona’s No. 1 trading partner.

“As the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being renegotiated, it is a critical time for the voice of the Arizona business community to be heard by both Arizona public officials and their counterparts across the border. I applaud Representatives Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, and Rosanna Gabaldón, D-Green Valley, for leading this historic bipartisan trade delegation, as well as House Speaker J.D. Mesnard for placing the full support of the Arizona House of Representatives behind this effort,” he wrote.

“The trip saw legislators and business leaders encourage our federal officials to work cooperatively to expand NAFTA and make it more beneficial to those involved, while also building a foundation for the future.

“Combining the support of elected officials with top leaders from organizations including Chicanos por la Causa; Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Global Chamber; Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; University of Arizona; Arizona State University and Morrison Institute; Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs chair Jaime A. Molera of Molera Alvarez; former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman; business leader Jason Levecke; as well as Rocky Point Mayor Kiko Munro and Vice-Chairman Verlon Jose of the Tohono O’odham Nation, shows that sustaining and growing this relationship is a very well-placed and broadly supported priority.

“Trade with Mexico is a vital piece in growing our economy and brings with it employment for tens of thousands. As leaders focused on doing what’s best for Arizona businesses,” Huckins concluded. “We will continue to advocate for regular trade delegations to Mexico to foster constructive relationships and enhance pro-growth policies.”

READ: Mexico, NAFTA top priorities for historic Arizona trade delegation