Greater Irvine Chamber Participates in First-Ever West Coast Consul Trade Mission to Mexico

Monday, July 24, 2017

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By invitation from local Mexican Consul Mario Cuevas, the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development & Tourism Linda DiMario spent the Fourth of July weekend on a trade mission to Tijuana, Rosarito, and Ensenada as a prelude to the NAFTA renegotiations. This was the first such trade mission involving Mexican Consuls from the West Coast.

Ten Mexican Consuls based on the West Coast invited a business guest to accompany them on a three-day tour designed to showcase the working relationship between Mexico and the U.S., featuring Mexico’s burgeoning wine and culinary district in the Ensenada region led by Mayor Marco Novelo, the new convention center in Rosarito led by Mayor Mirna Rincon Vargas, and tours of several manufacturing facilities in Tijuana where Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum joined the group.

The Mexico Minister of Culture, Maria Cristina Garcia Cepeda welcomed the mission to the Cultural Center of Tijuana followed by a presentation and tour of the New City medical tourism building and the Culinary Arts School.  

Joining the mission and leading the discussions about the two neighboring countries in partnership, was Carlos Manuel Sada, Undersecretary for North America, Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It was the general consensus of the delegate guests and hosts that the trade relationship between the U.S., particularly California, and Mexico was mutually beneficial and that the NAFTA renegotiations would likely focus on those areas not included in the original trade agreement such as IP protections, e-commerce and cyber security,” DiMario said.

For more information on the Greater Irvine Chamber’s work in international relations, contact Linda DiMario.


Top: Guest delegation from West Coast Mexican Consulate Trade Mission to Tijuana, Rosarito, and Ensenada, July 2-4, 2017; self-contained, dual-country Cross Border Express facility and terminal in Tijuana, Mexico.

Center: Linda DiMario with Mexican Consul Mario Cuevas, Santa Ana consulate Office and Consul General Marcela Celorio of the San Diego consulate, planner and facilitator of the first West Coast Consul and delegate mission.

Bottom: Mayor of Ensenada Marco Novelo welcomes Mexican Consuls and delegation at a ceremony in the Ensenada harbor/port.

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