Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Begne & Associates, LLC (Becan Communications)

Begne & Associates, LLC
Beatriz Begne Canales
BECAN Communications is a young, fresh, creative, independent company with offices in the United States, Mexico City and Europe. From Public Communications to Marketing and Experiential
Events, we are the best partner to deliver the services our clients need. Our focus is on helping our clients achieve their goals, connecting them with new generations, and taking their brands and products to
the next level.

7345 W. Sand Lake Road, Suite 210
Office 3842
Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, RCRK Servicios, S.C.

RCRK Servicios, S.C.
Luis Rogelio Cortes Osorio
Accounting, tax, financial, legal and business development consulting. We are a firm of public accountants and professional consultants with more than 43 years of experience in the market, providing comprehensive, quality financial and tax audit services.
Santander #15 Interior 601, Insutgentes Mixcoac.
Benito Juarez. CDMX, México. C.P. 03920
5555.6301.02 / 5555.6304.19 /

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Metaxperts/Grupo Luserra

Metaxperts/Grupo Luserra
Jaime Lugo Villa
Recruitment, Selection and Administration Services, Personnel, Time and Attendance Technology Solutions, Recruitment, Payroll, currently covering Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain.
Plaza Mariscal Sucre 46 Int. 21
Colonia Del Valle Centro CP 03100
Delegación Benito Juárez, CDMX, México
5255.1268.5606 / /

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, RS Denim Fashion, LLC

RS Denim Fashion, LLC
Marco Antonio Hernandez Martinez
RS Denim Fashion is dedicated to selling clothing wholesale, mainly jeans for men under the brandname Tiempoos Jeans, an exciting look for men.
21750 Hardy Oak Blvd., Suite 102
San Antonio, TX

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, CONSULTORA DE IMPUESTOS INTERNACIONALES ITC, S.C.

Miguel Angel Estrella Barona,
We are specialists in taxes, international taxes, foreign trade, labor regulation and commercial law. We also represent foreign companies; our geographic coverage is Mexico, Panama and Barbados.
Puebla 398-604, Roma Norte, Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico City, Mexico. 06700.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, PERPHECT, LLC

Jaime Menedez de Uriarte
Business Consulting, Corporate Structures, Strategy, Marketing in Mexico and USA,
4040 Broadway Blvd., Suite 240
San Antonio, Texas

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, ACKERMANN INTERNATIONAL

Lorenza Forastieri, Angelica Rodriguez
With more than 200 consultants and 36 offices worldwide, we provide Talent Search and HR Management Solutions on a worldwide scale.
Seneca #425. Polanco. Mexico City, Mexico. C.P: 11570.

Chamber of the Americas is pleased to announce International Adoption Net has renewed their membership.

International Adoption Net,
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 250,
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111,

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, ASTROS PROTECCION Y CUSTODIA, S.A. DE C.V.

Jonathan Javier Garcia Campuzano
Astros Proteccion y Custodia, S.A. de C.V.
We are the reliable, professional option for the protection and safety of people, offices, companies, shops, housing and property. All personel have been thoroughly vetted and professionally trained.

Morelos 77, Barrio de los Ángeles, Calimaya, Estado de México, Mexico 52200

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, CLOUDGAIA, LLC.

Andrew Bournos
Managing Director – North America
WE ARE 100% SALESFORCE, THE WORLD’S #1 CRM. We design and deliver innovative software solutions, allowing users to get the most over a trusted, flexible, and scalable platform.

WE ARE SALESFORCE MULTI-CLOUD EXPERTS. We connect Sales, Service, Marketing, Commerce, and IT. We are committed to a customer-centric approach, focusing on creating positive experiences for the brands by maximizing offerings and building better relationships through a single source of truth.

WE IGNITE EVOLUTION. We bring Salesforce to life by successfully integrating it into a comprehensive solution. We build the now with a vision on the next evolution of our clients’ business. Not just software, but mindset and business practices.
891 14th St, Unit 1501. Denver, Colorado, USA 80202

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Outhand Consulting

Daniel Infante / Filippo Bonani / Alfonso Vargas / Jose Alejandro Saavedra,
We specialize in small and medium-sized
companies by offering consulting services in Human Resources, (personnel recruitment, headhunting, and organizational development, focused on being an important part of the development of our clients). Our corporate offices in CDMX serve all of Mexico as well as foreign clients.

Blv. de los Virreyes 655, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec.
Alcaldia Miguel Hidalgo. Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico. 11000

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, BEMSA SERVICES, S.A. DE C.V.

Adalberto Maldonado
BEMSA develops and implements health and wellness services and programs for company employees. We manage the general health process of each company, providing safeguard, organize and manage the medical information of employees; efficient use of human and material resources; increase and standardize health coverage within the organization. We operate throughout Mexico with our own medical personnel, a network of laboratories and clinics with which we work in agreement, and our own mobile medical units.
Sur 126 – A 16, Colonia Cove, Álvaro Obregón, Ciudad de México, Mexico 01120.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, National Association of Manufacturers of Paints and Inks, A.C.

Flor de María González Mariblanca
We bring together manufacturers of paints, coatings, printing inks and related products to promote progress within the industry. We collaborate with the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA) within Branch 31 of the chemical sector and have 10 CONCAMIN working groups. We proactively participate in the regulatory process of the sector through a Technical Committee for National Standardization (COTENNAREC), recognized by the Ministry of Economy, as well as participating in the Health Commission.
Londres 10, Col. San Álvaro, Alcaldía Azcapotzalco C.P. 02090 Mexico City, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas CEO Gil Cisneros says Standard General-Tegna Merger offers more diversity.

by Gil Cisneros (Broadcasting & Cable Newsletter)
Published January 20, 2023

As chairman and CEO of the Chamber of the Americas, I proudly support our organization’s mission to facilitate trade and investment that strengthens local economies and fosters a spirit of harmony, social and economic justice in the international community, creating a society for the greater good of all humanity. But none of this is possible without well-informed citizens.

Over the past two decades, there have been rapid changes in the way we get our news. From the increased social media presence to the closing of local newspapers across the country, the preservation of local news sources is imperative. Now more than ever, the future of local broadcast journalism depends on new strategies and investments to keep the industry functional and afloat.

Standard General’s pending acquisition of Tegna broadcast stations will give the industry exactly the boost it needs. Standard General has outlined a vision for the future of local news driven by its investment and modernization strategy in broadcast stations across the county. Standard General’s experienced leadership team has pledged to employ a decentralized approach to station management and allow each station manager to tailor news programming to best serve the community it covers.

My work with the Hispanic community across the country and abroad has given me a front-row seat to the changing demographics of our society. Yet despite these changes, the broadcast industry is still lacking diverse representation at senior levels of leadership. Standard General’s CEO, Soo Kim, is a well-respected minority business leader who is committed to creating opportunities for minority communities and women leaders.

Mr. Kim, a Korean immigrant and now a proud Asian-American, is a living example of the American dream. His commitment to enhancing diversity in broadcast news and media generally is absolute and a transformation the industry must make to stay relevant with minority consumers. Minority newsrooms, reporters, and owners will not only attract more diverse viewers, but also better ensure local news is more reflective of the increasingly diverse U.S. population and the needs of their local communities.

In 2020, Hispanics were the largest U.S. ethnic minority, making up 18.7% of the general population, but diversity in the media has failed to keep pace and evolve as America’s demographics rapidly diversify. Without adequate representation, both in newsrooms and television boardrooms, minority Americans are denied access to trusted journalism that is relevant to their lives and individual situations and coverage that is meaningful to them. And that’s a lot of people, as minorities of all kinds, but especially Hispanics, play an ever larger role in the U.S. society and economy.

Progress has been made since the early days of television, when broadcast journalists were almost exclusively white men, but minorities still don’t have full participation in television news. A 2022 study from Syracuse University estimated a total U.S. minority population of just under 40%, but found that minorities made up only 25.5% of the television news workforce. Standard General’s commitment to newsroom diversity can be a strong force for change at the Tegna stations.

As I have dedicated my career to supporting minorities in business, I am proud to support minority leaders like Mr. Kim playing a larger role in an industry that is so important to the future of our communities.

I urge the Federal Communications Commission to stand up for diversity in media and approve this transaction. It’s time to send a signal to minority media investors that times have changed and American media needs your passion, new ideas, and diverse perspectives to lead it into the future. ■

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, UniflexPro Consulting, LLC.

Felipe Moreira, Manager
Business Transformation: Through our Business Process Redesign Methodology, we help companies transform their business model to improve their relationship with clients and customers impacting top and bottom line.
Leadership Transformation: Through our Leadership Boost program, we help leaders change their leadership style to improve their results in and out of their job, impacting them in four areas – spiritual, family, professional and self.

1500 Dairy Ashford Rd., Ste 325, Houston, TX 77077
5255.4322.6342 (under construction)

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Compañia Tipografica Yucateca, S.A. de C.V.

Publishing and printing of newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and other publications
Mario Elias Moises
Calle 60 #521 entre 65 y 67 col. Centro, Merida, Yucatan. Mexico 97000

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Hound Express, LLC.

Bernardo Flores, Business Development Director Yadira Guillen, USA Manager
Hound Express a one-stop shop solution for customs and logistics, such as Customs clearance, last-mile delivery, reverse logistics, fulfillment and storage for Mexican and international companies. Land coverage for cargo in Mexico, USA and Canada) FTL and LTL, Sea FCL and LCL and Air (IATA). Tech solutions: Delivery SaaS. For import and export, we have operations in main country airports (Mexico City and Guadalajara) and by land Laredo (Texas) and Nuevo Laredo (Mexico), P.O .Box in USA for Mexican online buyers.
801 Union Pacific, Suite 6, Laredo Texas 78045
5255.3955.6116 / Laredo Office 956.568.3443

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Construvaguer, S.A. de C.V.

Construvaguer, S.A. de C.V.
We are a company dedicated to the manufacture of industrial structures, sale of traveling cranes and their maintenance; engineering and construction in general, manufacture of components and stainless steel elements for the food industry nationwide.
Alberto Atonal Melendez, CEO
Viridiana #122, Los Murales, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. 66610.
5281.1773.8584 / 5281.2009.1723

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Valmar Coaching & Consulting

Valmar Coaching & Consulting
More than 10 years coaching the organizations of the future, offering in-company coaching certifications, in-company programs for leaders, teams and organizations of soft skills to improve, collaboration, trust, accountability, and commitment.

Ana Sofia Martinex Perez, CEO
Avenida de los Patos #193. Comevi Banthi. San Juan Del Rio, Queretaro.
Mexico. 76808.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Ulua Capital Asesores S.A. de C.V.

Ulua Capital Asesores S.A. de C.V.
We are a company dedicated to providing advice on strategies for investment for companies. We have the support of the best credit institutions in the country. We provide advice for hiring of all types of business and personal insurance. We also support the search for investment opportunities and
Agency for the sale of your business or personal properties. Our experience and network of agreements allow us to review cases of companies of any kind and size, internationally.

Leonardo Jesus Amador Zendejas and
Francisco :Gabriel Cortina Torres, Partners,
Fernando de Magallanes 498 Col. Reforma, Veracruz, Ver, Mexico. 91919.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Grupo Mayamza, S.A. de C.V.

Grupo Mayamza, S.A. de C.V.
We are an event agency with comprehensive solutions in corporate events and marketing, meeting tourism, public relations and digital media, technology integration, operation and maintenance, government events, digital events, brand launches.
Marco Antonio Rea Flores, CEO
Oso 40 L‐1 Col. Actipan. Benito Juarez. CDMX. Mexico. 03230.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Servicios Logisticos Integrados Sagal Logistic, S.A.S. de C.V.

Salvador Gallardo Cuesta, CEO, Servicios Logisticos Integrados Sagal Logistic, S.A.S. de C.V.
Sagal Logistic is a national and international logistic company,
last-mile service, delivery and distribution. Any destination in Mexico.

Miguel de la Madrid #320. Tapeixtles. Manzanillo, Colima. Mexico. 28239.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, JCG Stocker Solutions Group.

Karla Iturbide
JCG Stocker Solutions Group S. de R.L. de C.V.
Development, sales and installation of storage systems (selective rack, cantilever, drive-thru, self-supporting, picking, mezzanine floor racking, high aisles, light shelving, push back, pallet flow, flow cardboard, conveyors and accessories covering the entire Mexican Republic and other countries.
Av. Emiliano Zapata 120 Int. H Col. Ocotepec.
Cuernavaca, Morelos. Mexico.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Group Ultra Incorporate, S.A. de C.V., Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico

Angel Sebastian Kociankowski Montelongo, CEO
Group Ultra Incorporate, S.A. de C.V.
Security consultants and integrators, offering a variety of services including: Security Guards, CCTV (and many other technological services) and our consultant division with coverage in Queretaro, Ciudad de Mexico, Estado de Mexico, Nuevo Leon and Guanajuato. We work with both private and public sectors.
Av. Gustavo Baz #3315 Int. 8-A, San Lorenzo Industrial.
Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico 54033 –

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued membership support of 1st West Mergers and Acquisitions, Evergreen, Colorado 80439

Ted Rieple
Managing Partner & Founder
1st WEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC
Corporate Headquarters
Bergen Park Business
1202 Bergen Parkway, Suite 107
Evergreen, CO 80439
Tel: 303.551.0593
Cell: 303.885.9439

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued membership support of Newmont Corporation, Denver, Colorado 80237

Mr. Gottesfeld
Newmont Corporation
6900 E. Layton Avenue, Suite 700
Denver, Colorado 80237

Sally Ornelas, Executive Assistant
to Mr. Gottesfeld

Chamber of the Americas is proud to announce our new member, COMERCIALIZADORA DE OFICINAS Y ESPACIOS MOVILES, S.A. DE C.V. (MODULBOX), Tampico, Mexico

Cesar Reyes, CEO,
Our expertise is to design, manufacture and install modular areas for any space needed. Our headquarters and offices are based in Mexico, but we supply modular solutions to any country in the world.
Avenida Hidalgo 6810-B, Colonia Arenal.
89344.Tampico, Tamaulipas, México

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Educacion Dinamica y Divertida, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Andreina Siller Botti,
Training in Project Management (PMI and agile methodologies) with certifications in core competences (soft skills and emotional intelligence) and leadership, with an unique design and digital tools that truly transform people’s beliefs and behaviors.
Av. Puerta del Sol 1013 L5. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Mexico.
52 81.8315.2324

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce their new member, Nextcom Systems Corp.

Nextcom executes complex projects through cutting-edge IT technologies via high-quality, reliable brands and dedicated customer service, delivered by a professional, certified, experienced, and constantly updated IT team. Our XOC (Extended Operations Center) in Panama offers cybersecurity and monitoring services for our customers all over the world. We proudly partner with reputable brands such as TrendMicro, ONAP, Veeam, VMware, NComputing, HCL (formerly IBM Lotus) and others. With offices in five countries (Bolivia, Mexico, Panama, USA and Nicaragua), we have been recognized by QNAP as Authorized Service Center for the Caribbean and Central America Regions.
Nextcom Systems Corp.
Alejandro Giolito/Aramis Villasmil
2893 Executive Park Drive, Suite 111
Weston, Florida 33331 USA
754.265.1633 and 507.6747.6345

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Gonzalez Obregon Abogados, S.C., Mexico City, Mexico

Adrian Gonzalez Obregon / Pilar Emilia Lopez Perez
CEO / Partner
Our legal firm specializes in criminal and corporate law. Our professional group of lawyers deal in relevant and cutting-edge issues. We provide quality, up-to-date services to national and international natural or legal persons.
Miguel Laurent 70, Second Floor, Colonial del Valle, C.P. 03200 Benito Juarez, Mexico City, Mexico.

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Martinez Real Estate Company, Castle Rock, Colorado

Martinez Real Estate Company
Robert Martinez
R. Travis Martinez
599 Topeka Way, Suite 310
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, AltaVista Creative Agency, S.A. de C.V., Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Daniel Alejandro Pacheco Alvarado, CEO
AltaVista Creative Agency S.A. de C.V.
AltaVista Creative Agency, a publicity, marketing and creative agency, is working with several clients in Mexico and has served companies in Japan, USA, and the UK.
Cerro del Mirador 4512, Mirador Residencial, Monterrey, NL.
Tel: 52.81.859.3452

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, GTA Ambiental SA de RL de CV

Karla Cuevas
Marketing Director
Our expertise includes the fields of waste treatment, alternative fuels production and recycling. We have proven European technologies with more than 20 years of experience in these areas to assure profitable, efficient and trustable installations. We develop and design the project in terms of engineering, equipment and maintenance plans, so we can deliver complete, operational facilities to our clients.
Av. Ingeniero Armando Birlain Shaffler 2001-7A, Centro Sur.
CP. 76090. Queretaro, Queretaro. Mexico.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to welcome our new member, TDM International, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

David Fernandez Caballero, Director
We have a multinational team of experts in Information Technology, Graphic and 3D Design, International Business and Digital Marketing to design tools based on digital technology that promote strategic alliances of people, companies and organizations, with the purpose of integrating collaboration and business networks in Latin American countries with the rest of the world.
Nueva Rusia 105-3, Col Recursos Hidraulicos Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico 62245

The Politics and Use of Flavored Tobacco

by David Conde

I filled up the tank of my car a day ago and it was not pretty. Gasoline prices are skyrocketing and there seems to be no end in sight.

The country is deciding to make less use of fossil fuels and, at least in the short term, is paying the consequences. It is ironic to see the United States pressuring the Arab-led petroleum cartel to increase its oil availability at the percent same time that we are discouraging its production in America because of what it does to the environment and climate.

Although the increase in the development of non-contaminating energy has been rapid, in the short-term, it is not sufficient to offset our needs. The law of supply and demand is taking over and we must endure the results for the time being.

The United States and a large part of the developed world have made a long-term commitment to change the way we produce and consume energy in order to save the future of the globe. Short-term sacrifices are to be expected.

We did the same thing with respect to cigarette smoking and have done very well over the years. It was a long-term effort and a long-term success. The Denver City Council is considering an initiative to do away with the sale of flavored tobacco in stores within its city limits. This appears as a well-intended “quick” solution that may not be as well thought out as it could or should be.

The long campaign to stop smoking has been a special success among the youth as high school students rates between 2000 and 2017 went down from 28 percent to 7.6 percent and indications are that it dropped further to 2.8 percent in 2019. That hard-won success has been a long time in coming and has taken a lot of work and patience involving decades.

That historic victory cannot be jeopardized in favor of some short-term gain in the flavored tobacco area. This is what may very well happen if the Denver City Council, in isolation, follows through on a vote to ban the sale of flavored tobacco. A study by the University of Memphis determined that when the San Francisco did this, the 18-24 age group in the city increased cigarette smoking by 35 percent . Another study of the San Francisco’s decision by Yale showed that smoking increased from 4.7 percent in 2017 to 6.2 percent in 2019 which was a year after the mandate.

A third study done this year by George Washington University involved 6 metropolitan areas and indicates that a prohibition of this type would likely result in a 37.2 percent switch to cigarettes. It is clear that a decision to precipitously prohibit flavored tobacco would put in danger the very victory against smoking that took decades to achieve.

Further, consumers of these types of products are 3 miles or less from a store in another jurisdiction like Adams, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas County where they can buy them. What happens to the jobs of the mostly immigrants that work at these shops and gas stations if their customers can go down the street and get what they need?

Smoking is an issue that has and is taking a long time to resolve. We cannot afford to put policies into place that may undo some or all of that progress. While banning flavored tobacco may be well intended, it should not be done piecemeal or for short-term success. It also should not impact small businesses in an arbitrary way.

Welcome to the COTA Team, COMPECER, Chihuahua, Mexico

Luis Enrique Arreola
With over 14 years of experience in certifications of management systems, products, and persons (under international standards), Compecer is a certification body specializing in market needs by offering personalized services, based on leading organizations and persons to a competitive level.
Ortiz de Campos 1703 Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Mexico.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Suncast Corporation, Batavia, Illinois

Jim Ahlborn
President and CEO
Premier manufacturer and supplier of resin products for consumer
use outside the home (i.e., hose reels, deck boxes, sheds, snow tools, rakes).

701 N. Kirk Road, Batavia, Illinois 60510

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Comercializaciones Exclusivas el Nevado de RL DE CV, Mexico, D.F.

Guillermo Nicomedes Ramirez Salazar
Director General
Comercializaciones Exclusivas el Nevado de RL DE CV
Hipolito Taine 229, Secundo Piso 204
Polanco V Seccion
Alcaldia Miguel Hidalgo
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of Len and Rosa Harris

Len and Rosa Harris
2376 Stonemill Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Server Bureau, Nuacalpan, Mexico

Alberto Bonifaz
Chief Executive Officer
Server Bureau
Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) for finance and administrative back office services (Start Up, Management and Domiciliation, Legal Secretarial, Local Compliance, Accounting and Reporting, Processing and Procedures, Human Resources and Payroll, Business Consulting and IT Support).The company provides finance and administrative back-office activities to international companies with activities in Latin America that require a local partner to assure and strengthen transparency and accountability of the local entity and stay current with local compliance.
Avenue del Conscripto 79 Piso #1
Nuacalpan, State of Mexico 53910

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Apithy, Mexico City, Mexico

E-Learning Ecosystems. We help companies with their online training programs with our easy-to-follow process, including
tools and evidence of collaborators’ learning process!

Yucari Medellin & Carlos Ble, Chief Operating Officers
Pdte, Masaryk 61 – Col. Polanco, Del. Miguel Hidalgo
Mexico City, Mexico
5255.5293.9308 – 5255.2663.3254 – 5255.4342.8286

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Victor M. Rivera, Principal, Business Development Plans, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Victor M. Rivera, Principal
Business Development Consultant
Business Development Plans
60 Winston Churchill Avenue, Suite 210
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00926-6710

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of Len and Rosita Harris, who have been members since COTA’s inception.

Leonard & Rosita Harris
2376 Stonemill Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Dr. Martha Urioste in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Martha Urioste
9901 East Evans Avenue, 16A
Aurora, Colorado 80247

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Prowessteam, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Erika Vargas Morales, Adrian Garcia Rangel, Neshma de Leon Mendezv,
Leadership team
A Mexican human resources consulting company specializing in recruitment and personnel management services, providing service at the national level.
Washington #2662, Col. Deportivo Obispado,
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
5281.1492.0691 – 5281.1910.2400 – 5281.1612.9170

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Korbin Diseno, Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Martin Espinosa de los Monteros Lopez, Owner
Commercial Design and Architecture with clients in Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, United States, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Sur 125, Numero 103, Interior 1, Colonia Minerva, Alcaldia,
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

cel: 5255.1941.3617

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Fleximatic, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Esmeralda Lomas Beas and Jesus Lopez
We are Manufacturers in Mexico with reach in Latin America. We design, manufacture, commercialize and import high-end plumbing hardware and top quality tools, electrical fixtures, gardening accessories, and piping fittings.
Camino Real de Colima No. 901-14.
Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Indica Capital, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Develop the cannabis and hemp industry, specially covering its migration to a legal market in LATAM. In Indica Capital we are opening doors to this new paradigm and count with the required expertise and technology to secure the quality of our products and the return over our investment portfolios.
Padre Mier Poniente 545 int. 18, Monterrey Centro.
Monterrey, Nuevo León. Mexico. 64000.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Interprocys, S.A. de C.V., Mexico, D.F.

Diego Alexis Escárzaga Reséndiz, CEO
Interprocsys S.A. de C.V.
Software Creation and Development
Mar Tirreno #20
Mexico, CDMX

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Dr. Martha Urioste, Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Ph.D., Educational Consultant
(Former Denver Public Schools Elementary Principal, retired)
Dr. Urioste is currently continuing to volunteer and support Montessori Education, a Family Star Montessori School (, serving as a board member. She also serves on the board of the Congress of Hispanic Educators, Denver Public Schools.
Aurora, Colorado

Chamber of the Americas welcomes our new member, Consultores en Mercadeo Finanzas y Economía S. de R.L. de C.V. (CONFIE), Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Hernan Jacobo Lagos Paredes, CEO
Consultores en Mercadeo Finanzas y Economía S. de R. L. de C.V. (CONFIE)
With more than 20 years’ experience, CONFIE is headquartered in Honduras (with a presence in the Central American
Region and the Dominican Republic) and offers Briefcase and Corporate Banking, including:
1. Business Valuation
2. Debt Restructuring
3. Financial Rescue / Companies in Crisis
4. Strategic Alliances Development Bank
(Project Formulation and Design, Assessments Institutional
capacities, Development of management tools, Elaboration of Baseline, Mid-Term and Final Assessment, Ex Post Evaluations)

Colonia Lomas del Guijarro Sur, Blvd San Juan Bosco, Torre Alianza II,
tercer nivel, oficina 310. Francisco Morazán, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
504.9906.2853; 504.2271.0080

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, International Adoption Net, Denver, Colorado

Joan Strauss, Executive Director,
International Adoption Net,
Established in 1999, International Adoption Net (IAN) is a licensed, full-service child placement agency and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Greenwood Village, Colorado, in the United States. IAN has been a Hague-accredited agency since 2008 and is an active member of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, a membership-based advocacy group working to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable children can live, grow, and flourish in a safe, permanent, and loving family.
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd.
7500 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 250
Centennial, Colorado 80111
303.691.0808 or 800.892.3778

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Adapt Advanced Plastic Technologies, Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico

Gerardo Cuesta, CEO,
Iker Forcen, Victor Saucedo, Ximena Forcen –
Adapt Advanced Plastic Technologies –
With over 50 years of experience, Adapt has engineered and manufactured quality, customized materials and parts while delivering unmatched client cost-effectiveness through superior customer service. We sell High Tonnage Plastic Injection Molding Services, Compounding Production and Refurbish Solutions, and Engineering from scratch, prototype, mold and product design to PPAP solutions.
Industria Petroquímica #402 Lote 1
Manzana 12. Col. Parque Industrial. CP
76220 Queretaro, Queretaro. Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Omnitec & Zennio, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Jorge García,
KAM México & Caribbean Region –
Omnitec & Zennio –
Technology solutions for hotels, homes and buildings. We procure, install, and monitor electronic room locks, minibars, electronic cylinders, software and more.
Cel: +52.998.183.3636
Tel: +52.998.361.1900, ext. 4005 and and

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Alumifuel Power Corporation, Ontario, Canada

Pedro Villagran Garcia, CEO,
Alumifuel Power Corporation,
Alumifuel is in the forefront of transitioning to a hydrogen economy (clean energy sector). Alumifuel’s unique non-fuel cell applications will facilitate early market entry and a solid source of revenue while fuel-cell applications mature. Our superheated steam and H2 will drive turbines for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) and Auxiliary Power Units (APU), our H2 Gas can easily and safely inflate weather balloons, and our chemical reaction fuels flameless heaters. Alumifuel has significant differentiators in performance, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness within our target-market applications.
350 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member,, Cuauhtémoc Mexico

Gustavo M. Games, President,
Snowball is a digital financial group with almost 4 years of having begun its development and projection. Snowball serves the financial needs of productive startups and early stage startups that have sufficient potential to grow in a phased manner. Our cutting-edge technology is coupled with a diverse offering of financial products and services and a team of 20 people, made up of experts in the theoretical-practical areas of legal, financial and technological matters.
Zacatecas 98, Colonia Roma Norte
Cuauhtémoc, Mexico 06700

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Cambiens SA de CV, Monterrey, Mexico

Jorge Martinez De Anda,
Cambiens SA de CV
HSEQ services offer is intended to provide our customers with the
best knowledge and practices available, our customers can find a wealth of
information and added value for decision-making processes and goal
achievement, these services include: • Due-diligence audits
• HSE management systems (EMS) development
• HSE management systems audit
• Environmental permitting
• HSE-related training

Juan Ignacio Ramon 506, Int. 617, Col. Centro Monterrey, Mexico. 64000.
52.811.768.9363 and 52.811.119.7920

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Hoteles City Express, Mexico City, Mexico

Danae Zamora Solorio,
Operadora de Hoteles City Express, S.A. de C.V.
City Express Hotels is strategically located in more than 150 hotels in Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica, offering comfortable and modern rooms at affordable prices. There are five options to meet the traveler’s needs: City Centro, City Express Suites, City Express Plus, City Express and City Express Junior.
Juan Salvador Agraz #69 Piso 12. Santa Fe.
Cuajimalpa. 05348, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

The Odd Couple

by Morgan Smith  

Imagine if someone called your people, “drug dealers, criminals and rapists.” Imagine someone repeatedly claiming that you would pay for the wall between your two countries. Imagine someone dumping thousands of migrants on your border and expecting you to care for them. Imagine someone waiting until a prominent citizen of yours (Salvador Cienfuegos, ex-defense Minister) stepped off a plane in their country and then arresting that person without a word of warning to you?

Despite all these insults, Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador *(better known as AMLO) remained a Trump supporter and, although claiming to be fiercely independent, seemed totally subservient to our former president. Even after the US elections results were repeatedly verified, he has struggled to reach out and congratulate the winner, Joe Biden.

What does this mean for our two countries with so much in common and so in need of a strong working relationship between its leaders? Here is a list of some of the issues that need to be addressed.

  1. On July 1, 2020, the United States Mexico Canada Agreement replaced NAFTA. As a result of NAFTA, Canada and Mexico became the U.S.’s largest trade partners and helped create thousands of new jobs in all three countries. This new agreement can do even more but needs leadership from the top. This will have huge benefits in terms of increased trade for states like Texas and New Mexico.

  2. President Biden proposes to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing and bring jobs home. I believe that that will result in a shift away from China and more emphasis on U.S.-Mexico manufacturing joint ventures, another economic plus for both countries.

  3. How will the two presidents work on immigration issues? For example, will AMLO feel compelled to continue posting his soldiers at the border wall at great cost to his government?

  4. Because of the Cienfuegos case where American officials arrested this former high-ranking Mexican official in the U.S. without warning their Mexican counterparts, our drug interdiction partnership is in shambles. This happened under Trump’s watch. Can Biden repair the damage and, if so, how?

  5. Migrants will continue to flee Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. What can the U.S. and Mexico do together to help alleviate the violence in those countries so that the pressure to flee is lessened?

  6. Through the efforts of Attorneys General in the western United States, Mexican judges and prosecutors are being trained in more effective prosecutorial and judicial processes, the hope being to improve the dismal rate of successful prosecutions in Mexico. Can this be expanded? How can the violence in cities like Juárez ever be reduced if the perpetrators know what they won’t be arrested and prosecuted?

  7. Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” program exposed the lack of health care and public services as well as the extreme violence on the Mexican border. Can a joint Mexico-U.S. task force be formed to alleviate these issues?

  8. AMLO has rejected the idea of foreign investment in oil exploration in Mexico, thus cutting off the opportunity to bring new investment and technology to his floundering oil ministry, PEMEX. Can that be reconsidered?

  9. AMLO is now recovering from COVID and is perhaps recognizing how deadly it has been for his country. Could he and Biden team up on a preventative program at least for border areas like El Paso and Juárez?

  10. Border security will continue to be an issue and former Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small introduced legislation to upgrade technology at ports of entry in order to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S. Could the U.S. and Mexico work together, not only to stem the flow of drugs north but also the movement of weapons south into Mexico? The United States faces huge and very complicated foreign policy issues, China and Russia being the most difficult. In comparison, these U.S.-Mexico issues are relatively simple with positive benefits on both sides. It’s time, therefore, for these two leaders to form a partnership and for AMLO, in particular, to reach out to Joe Biden.

Morgan Smith writes frequently on border issues and can be reached at

Chamber/Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Morgan Smith, Santa Fe, New Mexico

717 Calle del Resplandor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Stephen Gottesfeld, Executive Vice President, Newmont, Denver, Colorado

Stephen Gottesfeld, Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Steve Gottesfeld joined Newmont in 1997 and serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In his current role, he leads a global team of more than 50 professionals focused on leading governance practices and providing sound legal and business advice.

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Alta Design Corporation, Duarte, California

Michael Munoz, President
Duarte, CA 91010-2611
Office: 626.305.0747
Fax: 626.305.0748

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Innova Scientific, Lima, Peru

Jorge Benavides Mickelsen
Innova Scientific
We diagnose and explain problems that may exist in your institution and, thus, generate solutions through the adoption of qualitative or quantitative methodologies. We provide advice for the constitution and monitoring of research seedbeds, as well as support in the development of research projects to present them in competitive funds.
Av. La Marina 1453
San Miguel Lima, Peru
Mobil 9.4545.7328

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Estudio Tarazona & Asociados, Lima, Peru

Nadia Maria Tarazona Quispe
Gerente General
Estudio Tarazona & Asociados
We offer a specialized legal advisory and consulting service, covering different branches and specialties of law. Our law firm has the best staff of lawyers and professionals with solid legal and business knowledge and extensive experience that guarantees efficient and immediate service.
Av. Jorge Basadre No. 489 ofc. 1203
San Isidro Lima Peru
51 9.5171.1622

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Super Tours of Lima, Peru

Marienela Mendoza Alata
Super Tours SAC
With 25 years experience in sustainable tourism, we design trips according to your needs. Discover new destinations, heritage, flavors and colors. Our trained staff will assist you on your unforgettable trip.
Av. Primavera 264 ofc 183 Surco
Lima, Peru

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Cyberblack, Mexico City, Mexico

Luis Miguel Dena Escalera
Cyberblack, S.A. de C.V.
Corporate security, cybersecurity, armed guards, security plan, crisis management plan, risk management reduction, active surveillance, loss precincts, preventive business intelligence
Heriberto Frias 903-A. Del Valle Centro.03100.
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, OSM Smart Hospitality Solutions, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Alberto Brufau
OSM Smart Hospitality Solutions S.A. de C.V.
Arrange sales and after-sales in hotel access control for the Mexican market, coordinate operations in the Caribbean Region, and support and supervise Omnitec dealers in Latam.
Sergio Butron Casas MAZ 386, LOTE 3-02,
Bodegas 4-5-6, SM 307. 77560.
Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
5299.8361.1900 or 5299.8361.1901

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Valkipro, S.C., Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Valkipro S.C.
Alan Ramirez Flores, CEO
Bringing technical and operative assistance in customer support, telemarketing, preventive collection, extrajudicial collection and account tracking.
Marcelino Davalos 22
Col. Algarin Alcaldía Cuauhtemoc
CDMX, Mexico 06880

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, ECVI SALUD, Lima, Peru

ECVI Salud
Esther Castañeda Villarreal
ECVI Salud’s vision is to be the first mini chain that provides services in the pharmaceutical sector, with low prices and within the reach of the community.
Calle Dante 368 Surquillo
Lima Perú
website under construction

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Beta Brand Studio, Lima, Peru

Beta Brand Studio SAC
Carlos Pascasio Israel Aliaga Chamorro,
Digital Marketing Agency that demonstrates communication skills through its art.
Calle Nevado Huaascaran Maz. A Lote 4
Urb. Aprovisa — La Molina
Lima Perú

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, ONGD, Lima, Perú

ONGD Las Mas Manos Que Ayudan de Corazón
Jorge Barboza, President
Promoting respect for human rights. With our health project for children, youth, women, and the elderly in conditions of poverty and extreme poverty, we want to obtain optimal development throughout society. Through awareness and training of communities, as well as their productive activities, we aim to improve their quality of life.
Bajada Balta B 160, 10 Piso
Lima Perú

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Impecea Global, Lima, Perú

Impecea Global
Ricardo Joaquin Garcia Montoya
Promoting business and cultural projects based on communication between people and establishing a Culture of Peace by promoting the generation and exchange of knowledge, including scientists.
Calle Toribio Seminario 149
San Juan de Miraflores
Lima Perú

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Becerril, Coca and Becerril, Mexico City

An international law firm specializing in legal and business consultancy with 50 years of experience in legal consulting, intellectual property, innovation, business transformation, immigration law, and foreign trade.

Elani Arcaraz Becerra
CEO Assistant
Becerril, Coca and Becerril
Leibnitz 117
Col. Anzures, Del. Miguel Hidalgo
11590 Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Marcamaniancos, Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico

Amelia Arrache, CEO
Marcamaniancos (crazy for your brands) works strategically with companies in different industries (food, wine, tortilla chips, meats. alimentary supplements, real estate, conventions and tourism) to assess the business and marketing process (marketing , conventions, trading and business connections) and help them build their companies.
Casboncua 1, Hacienda de Vallesnescondido
Atizapan de Zaragoza, Lopez Mateos, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Website: under development

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Grupo Covix, Mexico, D.F. Mexico

Alejandro Mendoza Lopez, Director
Grupo Covix, S.A. de C.V.
For 35 years, Grupo Covix has been known for developing custom-made technological solutions, integrating up-to-date technology, such as video walls, displays, microphone systems, speakers, automation systems, access control, CCTV and other technological equipment, in Control Rooms, Operation Centers, C4s, Boardrooms and any space made for information display. We integrate audio, video, control and security equipment, taking charge of the project from its planning, engineering and design stages to the installation and maintenance.
Paseo del Pedregal 1313, Colonia Jardines del Pedregal
Alcaldia Alvaro Obregon
CP 01900, CDMX, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Water For People, Denver, Colorado

Lily Hauser, HR Coordinator
Water For People
Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado

El Pomar is the primary grant-making vehicle for organizations to receive funding. We are a general purpose foundation, which means the Trustees approve grants across a wide spectrum of focus areas including: arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health and human services. Under our competitive process we accept applications for general operating, program and capital support. There are no deadlines for the competitive process. We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Oficina Comercial Honduras, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Karen Jimenez
Honduras Commercial Office
With many years of experience in international trade, we specialize in foreign trade consulting, business development (company representation), and project management, providing companies with reliable and effective advice on establishing commercial alliances with the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, JETRO SYSTEMIC, S.A. de C.V., Monterrey N.L., C.P. 64060

José Magdiel Martinez Quiroga
Jetro Systemic, S.A. de C.V.
Our consulting and training services team helps establish corporate governance, strategic direction, leadership and management systems using face-to-face and computer-based training to facilitate learning. Exclusive representatives of smart-ISO application to foster management systems and Zoho apps to assist company operations.
José Benítez 2186, Col. Obispado, Monterrey N.L., C.P. 64060
52.81.4170.0770 y

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Inventec, S.A. de C.V., Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Purificacion Carpinteyro Calderon
Owner and Director
Distributors of first-class industrial pumps and mixers from worldwide manufacturers, providing equipment and technical service to industrial sectors including: food and beverages, mining, sugar mills, biogas, water-treatment, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, energy, oil and gas and petrochemical, and more. We provide services to the entire Mexican territory with offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi and Monterrey.
Lauro Villar 36, Col. Providencia,
Azcapotzalco, 02440, Ciudad de Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Steel Consultores, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Jose Gonzalez and Alonso Gonzalez
Directors and Partners
Steel Consultores
Steel Consultant with 40 years in the industry for flat and long products. Offering technical applications, customer technical services and sales, purchasing and logistics.
Rodrigo Galvan #820
Cumbres 5o. Sector 64610
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
52.81.8287.8750 / 81.1255.3932

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Sames Kremlin, S.A. de C.V., Queretaro, Mexico

Frederic Bron, CEO
Sames Kremlin, S.A. de C.V.
Industrial solutions for productivity, quality improvement, material and cost savings. Supporting the industrial process from assembly to protection against the environment to beautifying manufactured products
Acceso III N°16ª INT 15ª, Parque Industrial Benito Juarez
Queretaro CP 76120 Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, BF Transfer Pricing Services (Base Firma), Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Omar Lopez
Partner Director
Base Firma Transfer Pricing Services
Best choice to handle worldwide transfer pricing consultancy issues
General Mariano Escobedo 595
Piso 1
OF 01-114
Bosque de Chapultepec 1A
Secc. CP 11580, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, TraduService S. de L.R. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico

Rafael Velasco Munoz Ledo, CEO
TraduService S. de L.R. de C.V.
Translation Services Company with the following language combinations:
neutral Spanish (USA Spanish); English/Portuguese/Italian/French/German to Spanish; Spanish to English; Spanish and English transcriptions (audio)

Jose Luis Lagrange 217-401
Col. Los Morales C.P. 11510
Mexico City, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Denver Public Schools

Dr. Martha M. Urioste
Educator and Principal

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Maxi Lux S. de R. de C.V., Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico

Veronica Urbina
Administrative Director
Maxi Lux S. de R. de C.V.
Energy-Saving Projects such as Solar Panels
823 Ocampo Ave.
Centro Torreon Coahuila, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, SAAMEX S.A. de C.V., Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

Enrico Conti
Sales Director
Agua Blanca Industrial 788
45235, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Grupo HOLA, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Adolfo Blasquez Ramirez
Grupo Hola
A comprehensive professional services firm offering quality accounting, tax advice, payroll and social security services, and administrative and management services
Bahía de Ballenas #72. Col. Verónica Anzures.
C.P. 11300. Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Morgan Smith, Santa Fe, New Mexico

717 Calle del Resplandor
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Martinez Real Estate Company, Castle Rock, Colorado

Robert Martinez
R. Travis Martinez
Martinez Real Estate Company
599 Topeka Way, Suite 310
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Excelia Mexico S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico

Salvador Moreno Anzules
Director General
Excelia Mexico S.A. de C.V.
Consulting, Technology, Compliance and Talent Services
Av. Pdte. Masaryk 29, 14th Floor
Polanco, Polanco V. Secc.
Mexico City, Mexico
52.55.7826.5036 | 52.55.7826.5037

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, CSAT Logistik S. C., Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

Joel Armando Rodriguez Diaz
General Manager
CSAT Logistik S. C.
Perform customs, international moving (land, sea, air) as well as warehouse storage and distribution of goods.
Pino Suarez No. 915-b
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Intertec, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Rodrigo Fernandez Garciadiego
Director Daños Corporativos
Intertec, Agente de Seguros y de Fianzas, S.A. de C.V.
Risk Management, Insurance and Surety Bonds, Actuarial Consultancy
Ocotepec 81, Col. San Jerónimo Lídice, Magdalena Contreras
C.P. 10200. Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Welcome to our newest student member, Alex Gearhart, Denver, Colorado

Alex Gearhart
Denver, Colorado 80237

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Miguel Lander, Denver, Colorado

Miguel Lander
204 N. Logan St.
Denver, Colorado 80203
Graduate Student

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Integra Team Building/Infinite Abundance, Guanajuato, Mexico

Rafael Uranga Escobar
Director General
Integra Team Building/Infinite Abundance LLC
Motivational training, leadership, teamwork, and training with the objective of significantly improving the work environment, production processes, and quality in customer service
Pedro Paramo 14, Fracc. Villa de los Frailes
San Miguel de Allende
C.P. 37790 Guanajuato, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Alvin Lujan, Owner, The Bank Shot Sports Bar, Alamosa, Colorado

Lujan, Alvin
The Bank Shot Sports Bar
Next time you are in Alamosa stop at The Bank Shot and have a cold one; they also have great steaks.
P.O. Box 1399
Alamosa, CO 81101

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Laboratorios Anteii, Mexico City, Mexico

Ailin Hernandez Amezcua & Oscar M. Salcedo Santa Olalla
Laboratorios Amezcua, S.A. de C.V.
Anteii supports their clients in the development and formulation of concepts and/or beauty trends. Manufacturing, conditioning, and packaging of cosmetics in many different forms, types, and contents of packaging.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Grupo Berea Com, Col. Polanco, Mexico

Velia Vieyra, Director
Grupo Berea Com SA de CG
We are dedicated to creating high-quality content for a variety of audiences – from cultural shows, news coverage, and transmissions about politics, to sports events, music shows, and beauty contests. Our clients include some of the most important television stations in the Spanish-speaking world, such as Televisa, TV Azteca, Univision, El Financiero Bloomberg TV, and the Mexican Senate.
Homero 1425 Int202
Col. Polanco
CP 11560 Mexico, D.F. Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Proyectos y Arte por Iberoamerica AC/Orqesta Iberoamericana, Ciudad de Mexico

Lizzi Ceniceros Mirabal
Proyectos y Arte por Iberoamerica AC/Orqesta Iberoamericana
Chichihuatitla 12, Comuneros de Santa Ursula
Tlalpan, Ciudad de Mexico
55.35 66.74 23

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, ID Plis Security Technologies, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

ID Plis Security Technologies
Electronic systems, structured cabling and fiber optic systems, installation of special systems
Ivan Didier Nava Luna & Eduardo Luna Soto
Rio de la Plata 100
Col. Del Valle
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Fine Spices Brand Holdings, LLC, Miami, Florida

Juan Carlos Cachoua
Fine Spices Brands Holdings, LLC
92 SW 3 Street, CU6
Miami, FL 33130
Restaurants 305. 961.1181

Colorado Has Always Been of Two Minds on Immigration

Miller Hudson, Colorado Politics – July 15, 2019

Gil Cisneros has captained the Chamber of the Americas in Denver for several decades, linking Colorado entrepreneurs with business opportunities across Latin America and vice versa. His most recent e-mail notified members that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has earmarked an additional $500 million for investments in southern Mexico, bringing total funds for the region to $800 million, primarily focused on strengthening natural gas and wind power infrastructure. If you suspect Mexico’s efforts to assist in staunching the current flow of immigrants from Central America triggered this largesse, you are a shrewd student of the news. You may be surprised, however, to discover that net migration between the U.S. and Mexico is running in reverse, with more emigrants now returning to Mexico each month than there are newcomers seeking work in the United States.

A few weeks ago, Gil scheduled one of his periodic luncheons, featuring a discussion of immigration with two of Denver’s most prominent immigration lawyers, Carol Hildebrand at Sherman and Howard and David Simmons a former chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together they offered a perspective on immigration that was unexpected. Simmons attributes the reversal in immigration flows with Mexico to the success of NAFTA. Whatever negative impacts may have damaged manufacturing industries in the American Midwest, per capita incomes in Mexico as a share of GDP equal those in South Korea. NAFTA has proven an economic bonanza for our southern neighbor. There seems to be a lesson in this change as the Trump administration chokes off further assistance to Central American governments in favor of economic sanctions.

Hildebrand pointed out that the federal immigration code runs to more than 600 pages, separating non-immigrant visitors into 29 distinct classes. This Byzantine document is embroidered with extensive rules regarding green cards, permanent residency (geared toward college graduates), asylum seekers, detention rules, temporary protected status, DACA, family preferences, quotas and much more. The chance of a successful asylum appeal triples when applicants can afford an American attorney to represent them at their hearings. No surprise there. There was agreement that the “Gang of Eight’s” immigration reform bill, which passed the Senate several years ago with a two-thirds vote, but later stalled in the Republican House, would have improved the situation.

Colorado has always been of two minds regarding immigration. Two of our largest economic sectors, agriculture and tourism, rely on immigrant labor. In the summer of 1981 Republican state Rep. Nick Theos of Meeker, past president of the National Wool Growers’ Association, took me on a back-country tour of the flocks grazing on his 200,000 acre ranch. We were delivering a bottle of Jim Beam, a box of bullets to scare off coyotes and a week’s worth of groceries to young men residing in tiny shepherd trailers. We moved several of them in pursuit of Nick’s sheep. These were seasonal workers from Mexico and Central America. Nick couldn’t find local kids willing to spend a summer isolated from the rest of the world. The same challenge goes for many farmers and ranchers on Colorado’s eastern plains. Nor is it easy to find workers willing to change sheets, clean toilets and vacuum condos for skiers during the winter – not to mention the difficulty of securing sufficient temporary work permits for the Aussie, Kiwi, and South African college students who operate lifts and groom slopes in the dark of night.

In another briefing Elise Reifschneider, program director for the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA) pointed out that undocumented immigrants are uniquely vulnerable. There are 21 trafficking task forces operating throughout Colorado, including law enforcement agencies, district attorney offices and county human service departments. They are all busy. While trafficking conjures up images of young women chained in basements, 80 percent of human trafficking involves coerced labor, even slavery. Wage theft is the most common abuse as employers and labor brokers prey on the vulnerability of an undocumented workforce. “If you complain, I will turn you over to ICE” is a threat that silences a lot of voices.

In cases of sexual exploitation, 90 percent of victims know their perpetrators. Forced prostitution is accompanied, far too often, with drug use – behavior the law normally regards as illegal. LGBTQ victims are often at special risk for manipulation. It’s taken time for government to figure out how to protect trafficking victims and earn their trust while pursuing perpetrators and pimps. Fortunately, there are public employees who arise each morning and diligently attempt to provide justice for victims.

The notion that immigrants are stealing jobs is largely bogus, while criminals regularly steal from them in “high reward – low risk” schemes. Preventing much of this would be easier if we offered work permits at the border and established a path to citizenship for families that have lived among us for decades.

Miller Hudson is a public affairs consultant and a former state legislator. He can be reached at

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Laboratorios Anteii S. A. de C.V., Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Ailin Hernandez Amezcua
Oscar M. Salcedo Santa Olalla
Laboratorios Anteii, S.A. de C.V.
Emilio Carranza #78
Col. Zachuizco
Alcaldia Benito Juarez
C.P. 03550 Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Supporting our clients in the development and formulation of concepts and/or beauty trends. Manufacturing, conditioning and packaging of cosmetics in many different forms, types, and contents of packaging.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, Grupo Berea Com S.A. de C.V., Mexico, D.F., Mexico

Velia Vieyra
Grupo Berea Com
Homero 1425 Int 202
Col. Polanco
Mexico, D.F. CP 11560

244 Biscayne Blvd., Apt. 3303
Miami, Florida 33132

Grupo Berea Com was founded in 1985 in Mexico City by Rafael Baldwin and Velia Vieyra, sought-after television producers with more than 30 years of experience at the forefront of the Latin American media industry. We wish to expand the reach of our company in American and Latin American markets.

We are dedicated to creating high-quality content for a variety of audiences – from cultural shows, news coverage, and transmissions about politics to sports events, music shows, and beauty contests. Our clients include some of the most important television stations in the Spanish-speaking world, such as Televisa, TV Azteca, Univision, El Financiero Bloomberg TV, and the Mexican Senate.

COTA’s Official Launch of “You Are The Difference”

Chamber of the Americas Foundation officially launched its program, “You Are the Difference: The Human Face in Doing Business,” at a Special Town Hall Event in Denver, Colorado. Gil Cisneros, introduced the Vision, Dr. David Conde presented the program, and Tony Bottagaro was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Ann Murphy, Dean, of the College of Business, Metropolitan State University, received the College’s award for its “forward-looking and pioneering leadership in International Business and Cultural Understanding” and moderated the Q&A segment.

Some Special Town Hall Event reflections and comments are as follows:
“The Chamber of the Americas presentation at the town hall, “The Human Face in Doing Business” with the emphasis on You are the Difference, was a very inspirational and insightful perspective, highlighting the organization’s exciting new endeavor about taking trade and economic development to another level by emphasizing personal and human relationships as basis for doing business.” — Angela Lawson, Aurora City Council Member-At-Large

    “In ‘You are the Difference,’ Tony Bottagaro’s stories illustrate how we can each make our own unique impact.” — Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado

    “Tony is a gifted storyteller. I enjoyed the prose and admired the way he wove his words into a vision of light and magic. It was such a pleasure to hear!”
 — Felicia Naranjo Martinez, Executive Director, CEUCE University of Colorado, Boulder

    “Thank you to the Chamber of the Americas for making the “You Are the Difference” program available not just to the members, but to the Denver business community and beyond. This should be a required experience for business people who want to understand how to be successful in today’s turbulent times.”
 — Bob Miller, Executive Director, Sustainable Family Communities, Inc.

    “After 40 years in business, I know how important relationships are in the development of a business. If you don’t establish trust and respect for others, you don’t succeed. It’s as simple as that. I think that is also true in day-to-day relationships as well.”
 — Bob Martinez, The Longway Home Project

    “All my existence, I have to help my friends when they need it, because that’s what my father taught me. In the same way I try to cooperate with my ‘grain of sand’ to make this wide and foreign world much better; where the human creature lives in peace with its neighbor and respects it, regardless of color of its skin, its sexual preferences, its religion or political belief, simply that we live more as siblings…as children of the same Creator!”
 — Carlos Klinger, President, Carlos Klinger & Sons, Accounting

Mexico Becomes Top U.S. Trade Partner for First Time

by Kendal Blust | Fronteras
Thursday, April 25, 2019

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Mexico has long been Arizona’s top trade partner. Now, for the first time, our southern neighbor is also the No. 1 trade partner with the United States.

In January and February of this year, trade between Mexico and the U.S. accounted for $97.4 billion in imports and exports. Tha’s about 15 percent of all U.S. trade worldwide, surpassing both China and Canada for the first time.

“It’s a very, very impressive and rapid growth in bilateral trade,” said Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute, a think tank with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “Mexico’s rise to the top in U.S. trade relationships came sooner than experts predicted,” he said. “Trade has grown between the two countries despite recent steel tariffs and political tension over migration. But U.S.-China trade disputes have certainly played a role in clearing the way for Mexico, he said, and some U.S. importers have shifted to Mexican suppliers. The U.S.-Mexico trade relationship has been on an upward trend for more than a decade.”

Arizona’s economy also has depended on trade with Mexico for years, said Glenn Hamer, head of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”Every month of every year going back many, many years, Mexico is Arizona’s top trading partner,” he said. “What we’re seeing nationally is the case in Arizona every day of the year.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey touted the strength of Arizona-Mexico trade ties during his International State of the State address hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations Tuesday. Trade between Arizona and Mexico increased 7.7 percent in 2018.

Now, growing national numbers help underscore the importance of the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship for the rest of the country, Hamer said, adding that it’s vital “for the United States Congress to rapidly pass the USMCA, the new trade deal with Mexico and Canada to see a renegotiated North American trade agreement.”

If the U.S., Canada, and Mexico pass the USMCA agreement, he said, it will increase trade even more. “We’re going to see even more trade between the three countries, and the bottom line to that for Arizonans, that’s going to mean more prosperity, more opportunity and more jobs,” he said.

Wood, with the Mexico Institute, agreed that the future of U.S.-Mexico trade hinges on ratifying a new trade agreement. “Although everything looks rosy right now, I think there are a number of potential problems in the trading relationship,” he said, including complications with the USMCA and potential political clashes down the road over migration.

“We all thought that at a certain point, the political problems in the relationship would spill over some into trade,” he said, “and that could still happen.”

The Fronteras Desk is a unique KJZZ project that covers a wide expanse of an under-covered news desert that stretches from northern Arizona deep into northwestern Mexico.

COTA Acknowledges Member Support

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our members, Len and Rosa Harris, Lone Tree, Colorado, Anita and Eldon Johnson, Seattle, Washington, Eduardo Fortunato, Key Biscayne, Florida, and our new member, Ms. Joyce Waugh, Roanoke, Virginia.

Healing A Divided Nation and International Community

Tony Bottagaro, Special Advisor on National and International Affairs said, “Under Gil Cisneros’ leadership and vision, COTA continues to grow as a vibrant, well-positioned global organization. Over the last 25 years he has been tireless in his pursuit of economic empowerment and justice throughout the International Community.” He continued, “Due to the ever-changing tide in global events, the Chamber through its Foundation has decided to take a more active leadership role in creating a society for the greater good of all humanity, by planting seeds of hope and love and in the process, heal a Divided Nation and International Community.”

Dr. David Conde, who serves as COTA’s North American President and senior consultant, said, “In conjunction with COTA’s outreach program, we are genuinely excited about our interactive University-College Educational Module, “You are the Difference: The Human Face in Doing Business,” which can be expanded to other initiatives that wish to incorporate the same into their existing programs.” Dr. Conde continued, “The purpose of the educational module is to study and discuss opportunities to change the standards and values that make business worldwide have a more human face, accompanied by a positive attitude about economic justice and human relations.”

Gil Cisneros stated, “The Chamber of the Americas Foundation respectfully requests your support in helping to make possible its objective to present the Foundation’s outreach program to Universities, Colleges, Economic Organizations, Chambers, Corporations, National and International, NGOs, Consulates, Nonprofits, etc., by funding or hosting our inspiring and productive town halls, special events, webinars and seminars. Thank you for your consideration.


For further information contact Tony Bottagaro, Special Advisor on National and International Affairs at or call direct at 303-517-5825.

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of GENETEC, Inc., Montreal, QC, Canada

Genetec, Inc.
• Intelligence • Operations • Security
Kris Hornung

Genetec, Inc.
2280, Alfred-Nobel Blvd, suite 400, Montreal, QC, H4S 2A4, Canada
tel 1.514.332.4000, ext. 6793 •cell 1.514.594.0952
Skype: smorales_75

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Water for People, Denver, Colorado

Lily Hauser, HR Coordinator
Water For People
100 East Tennessee Avenue
Denver, CO 80209

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of Carol Hildebrand, Attorney At Law at Sherman and Howard

Carol Hildebrand
Attorney At Law
Sherman and Howard
633 17th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, Colorado

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant
(former Denver Public Schools Elementary Principal, retired)
9901 East Evans Avenue, 16A
Aurora, Colorado 80247

I am currently continuing to volunteer and support Montessori Education, a family Star Montessori School. I serve as a board member of this organization. I also serve on the board of Congress of Hispanic Educators, Denver Public Schools.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, RHUMBACLUB, Denver, Colorado

Charles Swain
Chief Executive Officer

RhumbaClub, based in Colorado, is a member based cross-border, closed loop (only open to verified members) e-Commerce Marketplace that serves the Western Hemisphere. A unique proprietary payment system provides millions of people, who do not use or have a credit card, the ability to purchase goods on the Internet. The Marketplace enables retail products to be sold at reasonable prices and safely delivered to members throughout North and South America. Targeted delivery is within 4 business days to Latin America. Retail vendors will no longer have to be concerned with credit card or delivery fraud.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to announce the appointment of Erika Ojeda-Louvier as Consulting Director of Public Relations

Ms. Ojeda-Louvier is a bilingual business executive with an extensive background in development, budgeting, finance, and marketing. In addition, she brings her expertise in public relations in working with diverse cultures.

As communications and public relations director for prior organizations nationally and internationally, Ms. Ojeda-Louvier has developed comprehensive communication plans to promote and maximize awareness for their respective entities. She also managed production and dissemination of all internal and external communication materials, including annual reports, web graphics, and promotional videos, produced monthly e-newsletter, social media, and website copy, wrote and distributed press releases to targeted media, managed information, and engaged with users on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

“There is no doubt,” says COTA’s CEO Gil Cisneros, “that Erika will be a wonderful asset to focus and promote Chamber of the Americas and its Foundation, which is now embarking on a new and exciting endeavor by taking its 25 years of navigating international waters of trade and economic development to another level to heal a divided nation and international community now and into the future.”

COTA’s objective is for the betterment of all peoples by taking its newly developed outreach program, “You Are the Difference,” and its educational program, “The Human Face in Doing Business,” nationally and internationally to universities and colleges through webinars and seminars. The educational module is adaptable and can be integrated into any curriculum.

COTA’s “You Are the Difference” outreach program will embark on a campaign through special events, town halls, seminars and social media to leadership, businesses and corporations, nonprofits, other institutions, organizations and women and men everywhere. The purpose and focus is to discuss opportunities to change the standards and values of the world, by planting seeds of hope and love, to create a society for the greater good of all humanity.

Ms. Ojeda-Louvier can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 303.944.3398.

Chamber of the Americas Foundation appreciates the continued support of the El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado

William J. Hybl
Chairman and CEO
10 Lake Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Lexia Global, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland 20814 and Mexico City, Mexico

Guido Lara
Director General
Lexia Global, Inc.
LEXIA is a solutions-driven consulting firm based on insights, specializing in understanding social aspects, attaining reliable knowledge, and generating strategic solutions in communications, branding, and marketing. With over 20 years of experience, it is a top-ranking firm based in Mexico City with offices in Washington, D.C.
7315 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 400 West
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Upgrade Marketing, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico

Juan David Dracoulis
Alfonso Betancourt
Upgrade Marketing S.A. de C.V.
Marketing Agency
Plaza de la Republica No. 55
Piso 1, Depacho 101
Col. Tabacalera
Del. Cuauhtemoc
06030, Mexico City, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, The John Maxwell Business Team, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Ezequiel Tomas Garcia Morales
Business Coach
The John Maxwell Team
LXP Mexico, Associate
Cerrada San Javier 201 int. 32
Col. Colinas Residencial
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 64639

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, International Talents, S.C.

Adrian Sandoval Islas, MBA
International Talents, S.C.
Recruitment and Head Hunting, Accounting, Fiscal Support, Outsourcing and Consulting, Startup Companies in Mexico.
Eugenia No.1263
Dep. 6, Piso 3
Col. Narvarte PTE
Del. Benito Juarez
CP 03020
Mexico City, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Pat Cortez, Denver, Colorado

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Gift Group Americas S.C., Mexico City, Mexico, and Miami, Florida

Ricardo Alberto Enriquez Duarte, Director
Gift Group Americas, S.C. (MX)
Gift Group Global LLC (USA)
Consulting and Education – specializing in helping our diverse clients solve the generational conflict within their organizations.
5040 NW 71 St., Suite 705
Miami, FL 33126

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Morgan Smith, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Morgan Smith
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Dr. Stephanie A. Herrera, DBA, Denver, Colorado

Dr. Herrera is seeking new career opportunities and to return to the Denver area.
Please feel free to contact her at the number listed below or at her e-mail address.

Stephanie A. Herrera

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Aurora, Colorado

Dr. Martha M. Urioste, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant
Retired Denver Public Schools Elementary Principal, serves as a board member of Family Star Montessori School as well as
Congress of Hispanic Educators, Denver Public Schools

9901 East Evans Avenue, 16A
Aurora, Colorado 80247

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Laura Christman, Mayor, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Laura Christman
City of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Privada, A.C., Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico

Adrian G. Charansonnet
Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Privada, A.C.
Samuel Cacho de la Teja
Circuito Circunvalacion Oriente No. 34
Col. Florida
53120 Naucalpan, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Prestige Office Systems, LLC, Denver, Colorado

Randall Romero, Owner
Prestige Office Systems, LLC
6321 North Washington, Unit O
Denver, CO 80206

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Consultoria Patrimonial Empresarial, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

Carlos Dumois
Director General
Consultoria Patrimonial Empresarial, SA de CV
Business Consulting, assisting large organizations through designing and implementing strategies of
Digital Business Transformation, helping large family businesses find the right financial solutions to
sustain growth, and maximizing wealth multiplication. International speaker and writer in Business Growth
and Value Creation.

Coyoacan 439
Colonia Ciudad Del Sol
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 48050

Chamber of the Americas names Tony Bottagaro as Executive Director, Chamber of the Americas Foundation

Chamber of the Americas (COTA) is proud to announce the appointment of Tony Bottagaro as Executive Director, Chamber of the Americas Foundation. In addition, Tony will continue to serve as COTA’s COO and special advisor on National and International Affairs in the public and private sectors.

“COTA is now embarking on a new and exciting endeavor by taking our 25 years of navigating international waters of trade and economic development to another level. Our goal for the betterment of all humanity is for the Foundation to take our newly developed educational program “You Are the Difference: The Human Face in Doing Business,” nationally and internationally to universities and colleges through webinars, as well as reaching out to other organizations and institutions including, statewide special town hall events,” said Cisneros.

Gil continued, “For COTA’s Foundation to move forward and meet its objectives the need for an Executive Director has become apparent. I have tremendous confidence and trust in Tony as a seasoned and trusted leader. He is exceptionally qualified as executive director to drive the strategic goals of the Foundation.”

In response to his appointment, Bottagaro said, “I welcome the opportunity to lead COTA’s Foundation into new waters. Our educational program, ‘You Are the Difference: The Human Face in Doing Business,’ is an absolute game changer to change the course of History for the greater good of all peoples. A world more human and more divine. I continue to look forward to working closely with Gil Cisneros, and Dr. David Conde, President, North America, COTA and Senior Consultant for International Programs.

Tony continued, “‘You Are the Difference’ is a true statement for all peoples and by planting seeds of hope and love, one by one by one, we can heal a Divided Nation and International Community now and into the future. The pathway and bridge to hope, whenever and whatever the situation, is to always remember the human face and heart of all humanity, and that awareness is planted deep in the heart of Chamber of the Americas and its Foundation!

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Martinez Real Estate Company, Castle Rock, Colorado

Martinez Real Estate Company
Robert Martinez
R. Travis Martinez
599 Topeka Way, Suite 310
Castle Rock, Colorado 80109

Chamber of the Americas appreciates the continued support of our member, Metropolitan State University, Dean of College of Business, Dr. Ann Murphy


Dr. Ann Murphy, Dean
College of Business
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Elena Garcia Martinez (Plateria Nicky), Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Hugo Rebollar, Owner,
Elena Garcia Martinez (Plateria Nicky)
We purchase and sell silver and gold jewelry, as well as filigrana, to all economic groups, creating designs that our
customers require for bracelets, dies, rings, and engravings. We ship to Merida and various states in Mexico.

Calle 35, Num. 701
Boulevares Caucel
97314 Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is pleased to introduce our new member, Bionano Technologys, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico

CONTACT: Rodolfo Garrido Cotham
Fabiola de Carmen Castello Barrios
Fabrication, Marketing, and Distribution of Food Supplements
Doctor Jose Maria Vertiz No 1205
Colonia Letran Valle
Delegacion Benito Juarez
C.P. 03650 Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Consultoria Informatica, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico

Luis Guillermo Paredes Garcia, Director General
Consultoria Informatica, S.A. de C.V.
Security consulting
Santa Cruz Acayucan No. 194 – 102
Mexico City, Mexico
52.555.5430.0848 555.543.7790

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our newest member, VIP Talent SA de CV, Mexico City, Mexico

Vanessa Miranda Chavez
Director General
VIP Talent
Talent Atraction Y Recursos Humanos
Av. Cuauhtémoc 722
Int. 130
Col. Narvarte Poniente
Del. Benito Juarez
03020 Mexico City, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Eyescreen Mexico, Metepec, Mexico

Edgardo Santillan Garcia
Director General
Eyescreen Mexico
Av. Ermita #252
San Jose La Pila
Metepec, EDO Mexico, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Union Ganadera Delicias S. de R.L. de C.V., Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Jose Antonio Feregrino
Juan Carlos Feregrino
Union Ganadera Delicias S. de R.L. de C.V.
Research and development to bring the best nutritional benefits of milk to consumers (Mexico and USA)
Avenida Aguascalientes #317 Int. 301
Bosques del Prado Sur.
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
52.449.912.2979, Mobile: 52.449.183.7843 (Under Construction)

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, PostNet Longmont

Harry Lozinski
PostNet Longmont
Full-service print house, from design to shipping.
1067 S. Hover Street, Unit E
Longmont, CO 80501

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, Corpa Labs SAPI de CV, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Juan Leano
Director General
Corpa Labs SAPI de CV
Corpa Labs is a software development company. We develop any type of software for any industry from Logistics, to e-commerce, to fintech.
Av. Acueducto 6050 UP 15
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new strategic partner, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, Boulder, Colorado

Felicia Naranjo Martinez
Executive Director
Colorado European Union Center of Excellence
University of Colorado Boulder
Regent Center
UCB 19
Boulder, CO 80309

Press Release: Paraguayan Presidential Elections

04/23/2018 10:35 AM EDT Department of State

Congratulations to Mario Abdo Benitez on his election as the next president of Paraguay, based on the results from the elections of April 22. We also congratulate the Paraguayan people on their participation in a successful election, and on this demonstration of their commitment to democratic values.

The strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Paraguay is founded on shared commitment to democratic principles and the promotion of human rights and economic opportunity for all. We are confident the United States and Paraguay will continue to work together to promote security, prosperity, and good governance in the Americas and across the globe. We value the collaboration we had with President Cartes’ administration and look forward to working with President-elect Abdo Benitez.

Agora Partnerships – Job Opening: Managing Director, Latin America.

Agora Partnerships is seeking to hire a Managing Director for Latin America.

The Managing Director position will be based in Colombia or Mexico City and will lead Agora’s team in finding high-potential entrepreneurs, providing them valuable business and investment consulting, and catalyzing the flow of capital from mission-driven investors to fast-growing social enterprises. This is an incredible opportunity for a seasoned leader (10 years plus experience) to make a huge impact in Latin America and we want to leave no stone uncovered to find the right fit. More info on the position can be found here – Managing Director, Latin America Job Description.

Press Release: Costa Rica’s Presidential Election

Washington, DC, April 2, 2018

The United States congratulates Carlos Alvarado Quesada on his election as the next President of Costa Rica in free, fair, and peaceful voting that continues to be a model for the region. Our long and enduring partnership with Costa Rica is rooted in a shared history of support for human rights, democracy, and security for all people. Costa Rica plays a key role as our partner promoting regional economic prosperity, security, and good governance throughout the hemisphere. We look forward to building on that partnership with the Alvarado administration.

The Peruvian Chancellery announces the 13th International Gold and Silver Symposium

The Peruvian Chancellery is proud to announce the 13th edition of the International Gold and Silver Symposium in the City of Lima, Peru. On May 29th, 30th and 31st, 2018

For more details, review our Brochure Simposium del Oro y la Plarta 2018

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce our new member, BizWest Media, Boulder, Colorado

Christopher Wood
Publisher and Executive Editor
BizWest Media
Formed in March 2014 through the merger of the Boulder County Business Report and the Northern Colorado Business Report, BizWest Media is the most accurate, in-depth business news provider and developer of the deepest and most up-to-date business database in Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado.
3004 Arapahoe, 2nd Floor
Boulder, Colorado 80303

1550 E. Harmony Road, 2nd Floor
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525

Six Things to Know if You’re Exploring Emerging Markets

OPIC, featured in Entrepreneur
May 11, 2017
by Larry Spinelli, OPIC Outreach Director

Getty Image of Business People shaded gray against high-rises

Looking for your next customer? It may pay to look far from home.

Today, the vast majority of the world’s consumers live outside the United States, and a growing share of those people live in emerging markets. Places like Rwanda, the Philippines and the Brazilian rainforest might seem unreachable to an American small business with limited resources, but in my work in the global marketplace, I’ve seen small American businesses successfully expand into all these places with ventures that have introduced valuable services and transformed industries, while at the same time growing their U.S. operation.

While developing countries present a significant opportunity, they often bring a steep learning curve as well. Here are some things your small business should consider before expanding into an emerging market.

Anticipate currency fluctuations.
Since you will ultimately judge your business success on the revenue you generate, it is critical that you factor in currency fluctuations from the outset. American businesses typically obtain financing for overseas projects in U.S. dollars and will most likely have to repay their loans in dollars. In between, they will conduct business in local currencies, which fluctuate against the dollar. Failing to anticipate the impact of these currency fluctuations can significantly increase the cost of borrowing.

Brace yourself for bureaucracy.
Businesses often discover that less developed countries have highly developed bureaucracies, which can slow down all sorts of routine processes from obtaining a business license to
registering property and paying taxes. A good way to manage all this red tape is to start small, with modest growth expectations, at least until you’ve navigated some of these tasks. But don’t be discouraged. Developing countries around the world are adopting reforms to make it easier to do business. In its latest Doing Business report, the World Bank said that the number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa engaged in one or more regulatory reform has doubled over the past decade.

Bring your most innovative products.
The paradox of doing businesses in emerging markets is that while these places are less developed than the U.S., the appetite for certain advanced products and technologies may be greater. Leapfrog technology is a phenomenon in which advanced products, like cell phones, are widely adopted in less developed places that never took to the predecessor technology, like the land line. So if your business has developed a new and improved way to move cargo, process produce or improve communications, you might discover there is particularly strong demand from a less developed market.

Create value for your customer.
One of the main reasons U.S. businesses avoid emerging markets is because they doubt there is a real market for the goods or services they are selling. And while it is of course true that demand for certain luxury items will be slim in the world’s poorest countries, the flip side is that even poor people, and certainly poor governments, will pay for the things they need, such as electricity, healthcare, housing, education and even financial services. In fact, demand for things like basic homes or internet connections can be quite strong in poor countries, where supply is limited. If the product is priced for the market, consumers will pay. The trick for the business is to spend time understanding the market, the real needs of consumers and what they can afford to pay.

Remember the “last mile.”
In developing markets, businesses will often find strongest demand in rural areas, where poor roads and limited electricity can make it difficult to connect with customers. Your business may have a great idea for introducing internet access in rural areas or connecting rural farmers with larger markets, but be mindful of the challenges this entails and know that a viable solution goes beyond just delivering a product or service. You also need a consistent way of reaching your consumers.

Don’t be a stranger.
Technology goes a long way in bridging long physical distances, but to really succeed in business in an emerging market, be prepared to spend a lot of time there. Your on-the-ground presence will not only help you become familiar with the local culture, it will also bring you credibility with potential customers. Other key ways to establish a credible and respected local presence include hiring and training local workers, and partnering with diaspora investors in the U.S., who should be able to provide valuable insight into the culture and business climate.

Spinelli runs OPIC’s Expanding Horizons workshop series for American small businesses interested in emerging markets, and will host a workshop in New York City on June 16. Learn more about the event and register here.

Trump on Trade: Colorado Trade Supporters Warn of “Devastating” Impact of Policies

by Paula Aven Gladych
from BizWest
May 5, 2017

President Donald Trump’s policies regarding international trade have many trade proponents in Colorado up in arms.

One of his first acts as president was to sign an executive order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a trade deal among the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Gil Cisneros, chairman and CEO of the Denver-based Chamber of the Americas, said that this decision was one of his organization’s biggest disappointments. He felt the deal would be a boon for a lot of companies and now those opportunities will go to other countries instead of the United States.

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — which includes Canada, Mexico and the United States — also is uncertain, with the president saying April 27 that he would seek to renegotiate the agreement, rather than withdraw outright.

The Chamber of the Americas has an office in Mexico City, where it works to develop partnerships with small and medium-sized businesses. In the last year alone, the Chamber signed on more than 130 new members in the Mexico City area.

“They all present opportunities for us to begin to work with them. I don’t know what Mr. Trump is ultimately going to do. One of the things he has done is get Mexican business people beginning to look at other markets, which could be a big loss for us. We’ve always been one of the best trade partners for Mexico and our trade partners.”

Cisneros believes that if Trump walks away from NAFTA, it “could be very disastrous. I don’t blame the Mexican government for looking at other markets. I hope Mr. Trump takes advice from other countries to walk gingerly when it comes to NAFTA.”

Unlike the United States, Mexico has stayed with the TPP, which will “increase their opportunities to do more trade and lose potential clients for us in this area of the world. It is very simple logic in terms of we’re one world and we can’t exist solely by ourselves, and becoming isolationists again could really harm our country,” Cisneros said.

“Colorado exports to other countries bring in $8 billion in goods and $13 billion in services every year,” said Karen Gerwitz, president of World Trade Center Denver. That equates to 700,000 Colorado jobs supported by international trade, or about one in five Colorado jobs. In addition to that, 83,000 Coloradans go to work every morning for foreign-owned companies.

She points out that 85 percent of the state’s agricultural exports and 44 percent of its manufactured exports go to the 11 TPP countries, “which is huge. So the idea of pulling out of that agreement so early in the administration, it would have been nice to at least see some effort to understand what are the things they hated so much about it, because that free-trade agreement would have eliminated 11,000 tariffs.”

Gerwitz said that most people believe that all of Colorado’s international trade comes from big companies, but 88 percent of it comes from small businesses.

Colorado-based Crazy Mountain Brewery does business in 27 states and seven countries, including China, Sweden, Korea and the United Kingdom. The company has been trying to break into other international markets for a few years.

“With the changing political landscape, deals we have lined up in Chile and Mexico have fallen through,” said Kevin Selvy, CEO of Crazy Mountain Brewery, which has locations in Edwards and Denver.

The deal the brewery had lined up in Chile fell apart when it became clear that the United States was not going to participate in the TPP because that changed the economics of the deal they were putting together. The uncertainty around NAFTA helped sink a deal with Mexico.

“Those were both deals we spent years putting together. We were bummed to not see them come together for us,” Selvy said.

“With America moving towards an isolationist-type view of operating, well, that has not boded well for the way consumers around the world view American-made consumer goods, and that effect has happened alarmingly fast, in my opinion,” Selvy added. “I think it is too early to tell if it is a knee-jerk reaction people are having or if it is going to be around for a long time. I would say that craft beer is more isolated from politics than most consumer goods but unfortunately we have been feeling the impacts of the changing scenery in America already. Like I said, it caught us by surprise how quickly it has happened.”

Mexico is still in its infancy when it comes to craft beer, but because it is a new product, there is enormous price sensitivity. When steep tariffs are added on top of shipping and other fees to get the beer across the border, it prices itself out of the market, he said.

“If all of a sudden America changes its policies and that triggers Mexico to do the same and tariffs come into place, it’s not going to limit our ability to get product into Mexico. It will eliminate our ability to get product into Mexico,” Selvy said. That will have a “trickle-down effect on our economy and their economy.”

Exports make up 20 percent of Crazy Mountain Brewery’s business and are its fastest-growing revenue stream.

George Deriso, assistant director, innovation and entrepreneurship for the Research & Innovation Office at the University of Colorado Boulder, is worried about changes to the H1-B visa program that brings in immigrants from other countries to take on certain jobs, particularly in the technology industry.

Deriso deals with global entrepreneurs in residence at CU-Boulder. Those are people the university recruits globally who “have deep entrepreneurial experience on a global scale, and we look for a particular type of talent to help bring perspective to our students, faculty, our staff and researchers,” he said. Those individuals mentor others, speak in classrooms, coach faculty and researchers and connect the university’s networks with their networks.

“It has been an amazingly beneficial program for the short time it has existed,” he said. And that program is one of the ones that could be potentially threatened because of the visa changes. The Trump Administration placed a moratorium on the H1-B premium processing option that cuts visa approval times down from months to weeks.

CU-Boulder is “quite likely” the largest employer of H1-B immigrants in the state of Colorado, Deriso said. “Anything that affects our ability to acquire H1-B visas, even innocuous things like the temporary moratorium on premium processing, can have an economic impact.”

That restriction could also restrict the university’s ability to attract additional research dollars, he added.

“Take that to a national scale, and it is enormously devastating to our ability to lead the world as a country of innovators because we know through an enormous corpus of research that diversity in collaborative teams leads to much bigger breakthroughs and much more effectiveness. We don’t want to lose that at all,” Deriso said.

Gerwitz is concerned that the new visa requirements will have a negative impact on technology and science organizations, that they will have a difficult time filling those roles here.

“The reason they are going to other countries is to tap into new expertise or skillsets they are not finding here. I also think the agricultural sector will be hurt from this as well. It is a major concern,” Gerwitz said. She believes that it would be better policy to find ways to bring this outside talent into the United States and find a way to keep them here and integrate them into our economy so they can continue to add value to it.

International trade doesn’t just refer to products but services and knowledge as well. “All those benefit our state, new money coming to the economy, new jobs created,” Gerwitz said.

She said renegotiating NAFTA may not be a bad thing because it was signed into law before cell phones and the Internet.

“What bothers or concerns us as a trade association that is pro trade is the whole concept that trade is a zero-sum game, which is what we’re hearing come out of his policies right now,” she said. “I feel like he’s taking an approach to negotiating agreements like he would a business deal.”

She points out that if the United States is importing more from Mexico than it is exporting, that the U.S. is boosting their economy. It is also “empowering them to be more powerful consumers to purchase other goods from us. To look at just trade imbalances is not the whole picture. A more-empowered Mexico means they can invest in the U.S., buy our products, become a more stable country, a neighboring country to be partners with. There’s a lot more to it than sheer numbers of who imports more from whom.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership “ would have been a huge impact for both manufactured goods and agriculture,” Gerwitz said.

One of the major benefits of a trading block like the TPP is that the United States could make sure those countries’ labor standards were on par with others, including electrical and environmental standards.

Chamber of the Americas is pleased to announce the appointment of George “Jordi” Ventura as Executive Director, Chamber of the Americas in Utah

Jordi G. Ventura
fax 1.866.636.3414
Skype: jordi.g.ventura

George “Jordi” Ventura is a bilingual attorney (fluent in Spanish and English) whose legal practice focuses exclusively on Latin America. He has extensive experience in a broad range of areas that impact multinational companies and organizations, including: corporate governance; corporate law; corporate communications; the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); international anti-corruption and transparency laws, standards and compliance; and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Mr. Ventura possesses deep cross-border experience and diverse problem-solving skills and perspectives that were developed in a variety of settings: (a) as an independent consultant; (b) at large U.S. and Canadian law firms; and (c) as Country General Counsel for large multinational corporations in several Latin American countries.

A dual citizen of the United States and the European Union (a national of Spain), Mr. Ventura is fluent in Catalán and French, in addition to his Spanish and English language capabilities.

Mr. Ventura is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Utah and is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law.

Hispanic Integration

According to Newswire, approximately 50 million Hispanics live in the U.S with an estimated purchasing power of one trillion dollars. Hispanic consumers are an under-served market with a higher-than-average household income and are heavily active within mobile e-commerce and social media platforms.

Research also shows that Hispanics are more likely to download apps, chat, stream video, listen to music and play games than non-Hispanics, according to Ad Age. Look for an increase in ad agency dollars as well as media and tech firms dedicating resources to this important audience. Those that choose to ignore this market risk alienating a critical consumer base and falling behind in both online brand recognition and patronage.

New U.S.-Cuba Travel and Trade Rules Come into Effect

from BBC News

New travel and trade rules between the U.S. and Cuba have come into effect in the biggest policy shift between the two countries in more than 50 years. Measures include allowing U.S. citizens to use credit cards in Cuba and for U.S. businesses to export some technologies.

Some of the freed political prisoners from Cuba

Earlier this week, U.S. officials said Cuba had completed the release of 53 political prisoners
as agreed, as part of the historic deal.

The move implements last month’s agreement to re-establish ties severed since 1961.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the changes would “immediately enable the American people to provide more resources to empower the Cuban population to become less dependent upon the state-driven economy.”

While ordinary tourism is still banned, the new regulations will allow U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba for any of a dozen specific reasons without first obtaining a special license from the government.

United Airlines announced on Thursday plans to begin flying to Cuba from its terminals in Houston and Newark.

U.S. credit and debit cards can be used there and there will be no more limits on how much money U.S. citizens can spend in Cuba each day. About 170,000 authorized U.S. travelers went to Cuba last year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Americans will be able to take home up to $100 (£66) in alcohol and tobacco from Cuba.

U.S. firms will also find it easier to export mobile phones and software to Cuba, as well as provide internet services there. According to a White House estimate, Cuba currently has about a 5% internet penetration rate—one of the lowest in the world.

A change in the regulations will also allow U.S. investments in some small businesses and agricultural operations.

Cubans hope that with the lifting of trade restrictions they will be able to import rare commodities such as car parts.

The thaw in relations between the two countries was announced last month in simultaneous televised speeches by President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro.

Next week, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will lead a delegation to Cuba to discuss migration issues—the first high-level talks since the easing of relations was announced.

Although the latest moves put a large dent in the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba’s communist government, only Congress can lift it completely. President Obama used his executive powers to ease the embargo, defying hardline critics. Analysts say Congress is unlikely to agree to lift the embargo completely any time soon.

Cuban-American Republican Senator Marco Rubio said Mr. Obama’s policy would harm ordinary Cubans. “This is a windfall for the Castro regime that will be used to fund its repression against Cubans,” he said in a statement.

United Airlines announces flights to Havana as companies prepare to cash in on Cuba détente

From tourism to mobile phones, the end of the Cuban cold war could be good news for U.S. corporations
by David Millward, U.S. Correspondent, The Telegraph

United Airlines plans flights to Havana

United Airlines has announced it will operate flights to Cuba following President Obama’s relaxation of restrictions dating back 52 years. The move by the airline, which will run flights from Houston, Texas and Newark, New Jersey, is evidence that companies are preparing for what they hope will be a commercial bonanza.

Much, however, will depend on the extent to which Cuba is prepared to open up its economy to the U.S. and willingness of the Republican-controlled congress to lift the trade restrictions. That could still prove problematic given the hostile reception Republicans gave to the initiative when it was announced by President Obama.
“I think the first industry to benefit will be agriculture,” said Rob Sequin, owner and publisher of the Havana Journal, a website containing information about trade and business with the island.

“It is already legal for American companies to sell agricultural products and there is a sales network in place.” Already a newly formed group, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, comprising more than 30 firms, intends to lobby congress in support of easing trade restrictions. “We have the momentum we’re carrying it forward,” said Paul Johnson, the group’s vice chairmen. Experts also believe banking will benefit, especially with new rules making it possible for Americans to use credit cards in Cuba.

The easing of restrictions should see an upturn in trade between the U.S. which, according to the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council, had fallen dramatically from a peak of $710 million (£467 million) to $349 million last year. American corporations have been keen to see the five-decade embargo brought to a close, according to Jodi Bond, vice president of the Americas for the International Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“The business community has been against the embargo for quite some time,” she said.
“You’ll be hearing more and more from companies soon.” Some analysts believe that American companies could also benefit if Cuba chooses to modernize its creaking infrastructure. This would be good news for construction and telecommunications firms in particular. Cuba does have a mobile phone network, but compared with other countries – including poverty-ridden Haiti – it is primitive and expensive.
The internet is also painfully slow and access restricted.

According to one recent study only 3.4 percent of Cuban homes are online.
The potential for U.S. companies to win contracts to modernize the network is obvious.
But some have argued that Havana could have done this with European trading partners already if it had identified it as a priority.

The other potential big winner is likely to be the travel industry. Even though travel to Cuba purely as a tourist remains restricted, some of the bureaucracy involved in taking a trip to the island has been eased.

Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Matters

by Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
from Politico Magazine

U.S. President Obama and Mexican President Nieto
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during a joint press conference. AFP PHOTO/Alfredo ESTRELLA.

January 06, 2015 — The United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C. and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

Our countries have an intense economic relationship that is spread over a myriad of areas. Since the beginning of my administration, I have worked with President Barack Obama to create bilateral mechanisms that harness the full potential of our relationship. We are already seeing concrete results from the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the 21st Century Border Action Plan of 2014.

We are steadfast in our belief that the continuous promotion of bilateral trade is a win-win situation for both our countries. Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the U.S., just behind China and Canada. Total bilateral trade between us amounted to more than $500 billion during 2013. Our exports to the U.S. have increased significantly since NAFTA entered into force, with roughly 80 percent of them coming to this country. Meanwhile, U.S. exports to Mexico in 2013 were $226 billion, up 443 percent since 1993. In fact, Mexico buys more U.S. goods than all of the BRICS combined—and nearly as much as the entire European Union. Moreover, 5.9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. Even Mexican exports benefit the American economy: 40 percent of the value of Mexican exports to the U.S. contains American inputs. By 2020, Mexico will have the capacity to build one in every four vehicles in North America, up from one in six in 2012. Additionally, Mexico has begun to invest in high technology exports; we have become the leading exporter of flat screen televisions in the world, the fourth largest computer exporter and a growing pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are interlinked.

To ensure the prosperity of our border we have worked together to improve security and facilitate trade. Every minute, nearly a million dollars worth of products cross our land border. Additionally, our countries have begun several infrastructure projects to make the border region a catalyst for growth and innovation. These projects include the San Diego-Tijuana airport pedestrian bridge, the railway crossing at Matamoros-Brownsville, and six new inspection booths at the Nogales port of entry. We have also reduced average waiting times at the San Ysidro-Chaparral crossing on the California-Baja California border from 3.5 hours to half-an-hour.

Our commitment to education has allowed us to take advantage of the synergies built through FOBESII and between our initiatives “Proyecta 100,000” and “100,000 Strong in the Americas.” Last year, we launched the webpage Mobilitas, a platform to help students find educational opportunities in both countries. Furthermore, 23 cooperation agreements have been signed between Mexican and American states and universities. Altogether, we were able to reach our 2014 goal: 27,000 Mexican students are attending almost 200 universities across the U.S.

The United States and Mexico have recognized that the challenges and opportunities we face on immigration should be addressed from a broad regional perspective and based upon the principle of shared responsibility. Consequently, we are committed to working with our neighbors in Central America to foster development and prosperity in that region.

Over 34 million people of Mexican origin live in the U.S., 22.9 million of whom were born here. Mexican-Americans are socially and economically active members of their communities, and they maintain a strong binational identity. These communities are pillars of the relationship between our countries and will help us build a more prosperous shared future.

My government applauds President Obama’s recently announced Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which acknowledges the positive economic and social impact of Mexican immigrants to their communities in the U.S. Furthermore, these measures will allow immigrants to increase their contributions to American society and live without fear of being separated from their families. My administration will continue to work with the U.S. government by providing services and consular assistance in order to improve the well-being of the Mexican community in this country. In order to raise living standards in Mexico—which will discourage undocumented immigration—my government has embarked upon a transformational path. We have sought to enhance my country’s competitiveness, strengthen the rights of the Mexican people and consolidate our democracy.

Since taking office, my administration has taken on the responsibility of making structural change a reality. We have worked with Mexico’s political leaders from the left, right and center, in order to put Mexico on the path to modernization, innovation and economic growth.

The Mexican Congress approved eleven structural reforms in several key sectors such as education, banking, telecommunications, justice, electoral system, labor, energy, economic competition and public finance. These reforms will better prepare our citizens and businesses for the global challenges of the 21st century and enhance competitiveness in our region. The implementation of these unprecedented changes is already taking place and will make our partnership with the United States even stronger.

In accordance with these efforts, my government recognizes the need to improve security conditions in Mexico. The tragic and despicable events that took place last September in Guerrero have been met by my government with decisive action: Over 70 individuals, including the masterminds, are already being prosecuted, and I will continue to stress that there is no room for impunity. Last November, I took steps to strengthen the rule of law and to promote fundamental reforms in the realms of security, law enforcement and criminal justice. We are focusing our efforts on shoring up institutional strength at the local level to prevent these types of events from ever being repeated.

The United States and Mexico have worked together to deepen our ties and diversify an agenda that reflects our strengths and common values. Together, we must build a more integrated, competitive and prosperous North America.

COTA’s Cultural Mission to Cuba

      For two decades, the Chamber of the Americas trade missions earned applause and recognition for its past explorations of Latin American and Canadian under the guidance of COTA CEO and Interim Chairman Gil Cisneros. Cisneros introduced American business people to untapped opportunities courtesy of the enhanced knowledge and connections the trade missions facilitate. In 2013, COTA veered from its traditional travel ventures to embark on a people-to-people cultural mission to Cuba. The half century (and counting) trade embargo and travel ban preclude a traditional trade mission, which allowed COTA to engage in the educational arena, a focus that is forefront in the nonprofit organization’s long-term visionary endeavors and expansion.

      The broad American perception of Cuba is that of an anachronistic government and country; exiled to a bygone time and discarded ideology. The forbidden fruit allure and film noir romanticism retain a potent pull on the American imagination through bohemian bromides and celluloid visages of Hemingway and fedoras, Ernesto “Che” Guevara and berets, and vintage automobiles last seen with regularity in the Eisenhower era. Remnants of those perceptions remain throughout Cuba, but the island nation has progressed past America’s stereotypical imagination of Batista’s decadence and Castro’s severity. These days, Castro’s sweeping and soaring sermons under the monumental pillar in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución are seen and heard only on historical video and audio recordings; the state no longer has monolithic business and communication exchanges. Indeed, the general population eagerly trade words, goods and services with foreigners.

      COTA’s Cuban cultural mission exposed both the holdouts and the passing of Castro’s communist Cuba. While the government’s economic reforms and expanded freedoms and allowances appear slow, even begrudging, the newfound permissiveness appears everywhere and every day. The Cuban government’s long-awaited and anticipated surrender won’t come courtesy of military strikes or economic embargos, but through pragmatism and compromise. Democratic and economic reform will occur through evolution rather than revolution.

      COTA’s seven days spent in Cuba was a complete and continuous immersion in Cuba’s everyday existence – culture, cuisine, education, communications, artistry and business development. The itinerary dominated the participants’ activities and attention from morning well into the evening with a non-stop schedule of meetings, lectures and tours throughout Havana and beyond into the Cuban countryside. The people-to-people purpose of the one-week trip facilitated a fast-paced but in-depth insight into contemporary Cuba’s people and circumstances.

      Arturo Lopez-Levy, co-organizer of the COTA Cuba cultural mission and a Cuban native, described the week’s events as a multipronged and multifaceted excursion into a country, its people and its resources. Through a host of Cuban religious leaders, academics, farmers, nascent entrepreneurs and even American representatives in Havana at the U.S. Interests Section, COTA experienced Cuba in a people-to-people cultural exercise program that went well beyond what a typical tourist excursion would allow. COTA gained upfront and unique insights into Cuban lifestyles, opinions, changes and experiences. The average Cuban citizen on the street who shared and exchanged small talk with COTA members completed the cast of compelling characters in the cultural odyssey.

      The Cuban people not only hosted lectures and meetings for COTA. They invited COTA into their homes and confidences. Rather than a simple series of formal exchanges of lectures, meetings and tours, COTA members and Cubans interacted, conversed, socialized and dined outside the rigid structure and stricture of the standard lecture and Q&A template.

      An example featured a relaxed roundtable exchange between COTA members and Dr. Carlos Alzugaray Treto at a private Cuban home of his friend in a relatively upscale neighborhood just outside Old Havana’s periphery. Dr. Alzugaray Treto, a professor and former Cuban ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, discussed historical and contemporary events and circumstances of Cuban governments and economies, and explained the changes that are slowly but surely altering the Cuban political and socioeconomic landscape. He also opined on the various factors impeding change, including the hesitancy of Cubans to discard completely old conceptions and practices, the Cuban government’s resistance to swift, sweeping and seismic transmutation, and the elephant circling every discussion on Cuba – the American embargo.

      The overall lesson learned is that Cuba, its government, its people and its future are more nuanced, complex and dynamic entities than disseminated through commentaries and news reports in either Cuban or American media. And the revolutionary precepts of the late 50’s and 60’s appear more on billboard slogans than in everyday existence. Following the roundtable exchange, COTA members invited Dr. Alzugaray Treto to lunch at a local paladar (privately operated restaurant) where the discussion shed what little decorative vestiges of formal presentation appeared at the scheduled presentation with the easy spontaneity and comfortable interaction typically encountered at dinner conversations of old friends and business associates. Instances and examples of presentations transformed into conversations occurred regularly throughout COTA’s Cuba cultural mission.

      While not as intimate or lengthy, Miguel Coyula’s presentation candidly informed the COTA group about a contemporary challenge, even a crisis, for Cuba and its citizens. While government subsidies keep homelessness to a minimum and a substantial percentage of Cubans own their residences, the lack of financial and material means to maintain homes leaves many Cubans residing in squalid structures that would attract condemnation notices in any American municipality. Coyula, an expert on Cuba’s heralded colonial architecture, emphasizes the need for responsible legislation and practices to restore and preserve rather than merely improvise and develop (although Coyula advocates for green building designs and development). The discussion on housing revealed an ironic occurrence in contemporary Cuba at odds with the historical conception and aspirations of the revolution’s communal ideology. Remittances from foreign relatives, mainly Cuban Americans, have created a significant socioeconomic disparity among a nominally egalitarian society.

      As Coyula stated in a lecture at American University in 2010 (reported in the America Today), “Poverty and privilege exist side by side.” He places responsibility for remedial solutions on both the state and homeowners with government intervention and subsidies and enhanced citizen education and practices.

      Free speech and expression in contemporary Cuba is neither as restricted nor as ubiquitous as conflicting reports assert. While the Internet is still a luxury item and the Cuban population doesn’t enjoy easy and affordable access to mass communication technologies, cell phones have become relatively common among the general population in the past few years. A burgeoning blogging community, largely comprised of intellectuals, has become increasingly insistent in demands for expanded reforms and opportunities. Ironically, the breeding ground for the revolution – the University of – has become a hotspot of activism. Cuba has joined the digital era as commentary and protests spread through networks congregating online rather than in streets and squares.

      COTA met with several of Cuba’s digital commentators who scribe online missives agitating for greater freedoms, rights and opportunities. Harold Cardenas Lema, a professor at the University of Matanzas, blogs for Joven Cuba, Yasmin Silvia Portales, a Observatorio Critico member advocating for Afro Cuban, gender and LGTB rights, and Elaine Diaz, a professor at the University of Havana’s School of Communication all disseminate opinions and propel awareness and action through digital dissemination. Obviously, in the last century, the Internet and activism weren’t tools and options that today’s Cuban activists use without fear and reprisals.

      The cultural mission introduced COTA to Cuba’s growing entrepreneurial class, a disparate set of small business people eager to expand income and opportunities following Raul Castro’s allowance of limited capitalism in communist Cuba. Havana teems with taxi drivers, restaurant owners, street corner merchants and Cubans modeling in period costumes for a paid photo op. Filmmaker Rafael Rosales owns and operates the Cafe Bar Madrigal, a watering hole reminiscent of Hemingway’s and Hollywood’s ideated and idyllic Havana. A couple of hours outside Havana, COTA visited a Cuban entrepreneur who transformed the family home into a quaint bed and breakfast operation, a common occurrence in rural villages. A few miles away, COTA toured a family tobacco farm, exploring the organic origination of the fabled Cuban cigar. COTA also visited the Ludwig Foundation, situated on the top floor of a Havana highrise, where curator Wilfredo Benitez lectured on Cuba’s artistic culture and trends. Examples of Cuban artistry of the avant-garde variety adorned the walls, each piece displayed with the option to buy.

      Cuba’s innovative and energetic entrepreneurial efforts, while limited in relative scope and returns compared to American standards, firmly signal that the severe and stark austerity of Soviet-style communism appears today in history books and dated conceptions more than the contemporary Cuban mindset and reality.

      Religion has endured through 50-plus years of communistic rule. COTA experienced two temples of Cuban devotion – a Catholic cathedral frequented primarily by Havana’s black population and a synagogue serving the city’s Jewish population. Regla claims the Black Madonna, a shrine to the Virgin Mary cast in a complexion corresponding to the black worshippers paying homage and seeking solace and guidance. The president of the Cuban Jewish Community, Adela Dworin addresses the spiritual and material needs of her constituency at the Beth Shalom Synagogue. The diversity of Cuba’s open and vibrant religious expression contradicts the notion that the nation is largely atheist and non-denominational.

      COTA member Chrissy Lynch summarized the cultural mission as a fascinating learning experience. “Thank you Gil and Chamber of the Americas for an outstanding trip,” Lynch wrote in an email. “I feel very fortunate I was able to experience Cuba in this way and with such great people. The group leader’s experience, connections and passion were priceless and I am unable to express how impactful and thought provoking this trip was for me. I would highly recommend this trip program to anyone interested in Cuba.”

      The friendliness and openness of the Cuban people impressed COTA Communications Director Wayne Trujillo. “The Cuban disposition regarding Americans is one of great curiosity and a visceral desire to interact and experience American traditions and lifestyles,” Trujillo noted. “As excited as we were to learn about Cuban traditions and culture, the Cubans we met seemed even more eager to learn about our lifestyles and communities. Cuba’s people are truly its greatest national treasure and natural resource.”

      On behalf of COTA, Cisneros extends gratitude to the members who participated in the Cuba cultural mission, tour organizers Arturo Lopez-Levy and Colin Laverty, president of Cuba Educational Travel, the Cuban presenters and hosts, and the Cuban people for their warmth, generosity and assistance. “It’s been 51 years since I’ve been to Cuba,” Cisneros stated. “It’s a great, beautiful country with wonderful gastronomy and friendly people, but a government that leaves a lot to be desired. I felt overall that there are positive changes happening in Cuba, but change is slow. However, Cubans remain hopeful. I would go back in a New York second if I have the opportunity to be in a position to help the Cuban people with their economic development efforts.”

Additional information and online resources about the speakers and hosts of the 2013 COTA Cuba Cultural Mission:
Miguel Coyula
Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray
Roberto Veiga Gonzalez, Editor Catholic Magazine Espacio Laical.
Lenier Gonzalez
Vice Editor Catholic Magazine Espacio Laical.
Omar Everleny Perez Villanueva
Yasmin Silvia Portales, Activist LGTB, Gender and Afro Cuban rights. Member of the Observatorio Critico.
Elaine Diaz
Professor School of Communication University of Havana. Blogger. “La Polemica Digital”
Adela Dworin
President Cuban Jewish Community
Beth Shalom Synagogue.

Gil Cisneros has been elected by Dialectika MX board of directors to become their International Chairman

Dialectika MX is based in Mexico, D. F., and is a digital agency of publishing, marketing, and e-branding. Cisneros will be responsible for assisting Dialectika MX in expanding their market in Latin America.

In Memory of Jason Johnson, a Member of the Chamber of the Americas and Our Friend

COTA member Jason Johnson, 31, died in his home on September 20, 2014. As Director of Community Outreach at Colorado Heights University, Jason worked closely with students and the administration. He helped launch CHU’s first student government in 2010. As he visited countless high schools, community centers, local businesses, media outlets and the homes of prospective students, he became the face of CHU and embodied their mission. Jason will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to introduce COTA’S New President of North America, Dr. David Conde.

The Chamber of the Americas (COTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Conde as COTA’s President of North America. Dr. Conde has been serving COTA as a senior consultant for the last five years and has been a commercial activity partner since the inception of COTA.

Conde earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He spent 39 years in higher education as a Professor, Associate Dean, Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice President and SeniorAssociate Vice Chancellor in Colorado, New Mexico and North Carolina. Dr. Conde also comes to us with 32 years of experience in developing and conducting international programs inEurope, Mexico, Central and South America in the public and private sectors.

In addition to helping facilitate COTA conferences and trade missions, he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of East Migrant Head Start Project, a 45.7-million-dollar agency with 40 education centers for migrant children in 14 states along the east coast and the south and serves as a board member and one of the task group leaders for Colorado Global College, a start-up institution serving an international bilingual community.

Dr. David Conde is also a journalist who has that has published over 600 articles and was recognized by the Hispanic Media 100 Award that placed him among the top 100 Latino journalists in the United States in 2002; he also received a Hispanic Media 50 Award in 2003. He has been honored for his work numerous times in the United States and Mexico, where he received the Diploma Honoraria from the Law School of the Autonomous University of Mexico in 1984.

New Shoes in Juárez

by Morgan Smith
New Mexico Mercury

Although Mexico ranks last in the rankings of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in terms of educational achievement and although it has a much higher level of poverty than the U.S., public education isn’t free. Santa Feans Jim and Pat Noble and their powerful team of volunteers not only manage an orphanage in Palomas, Mexico – La Casa de Amor Para Niños – but they have also raised scholarships for some 300 youngsters there. The cost which includes the subscription fee, uniforms, shoes, a backpack for carrying books and school supplies is $150 per year for elementary school, $250 for middle school and $500 for each of the three years of high school. This is a staggering barrier for the many extremely poor families living along the border.

Recently, I tried to do my share in the Juárez area by helping several kids I know from my work at the mental asylum, Vision in Action. I told them that I would buy them the shoes and tennies they needed for school if they would each write a three page essay about their lives, struggles, aspirations and plans for the future. I’m not an educator but I believe that having some goal for your future gives your school experience some meaning. Many American kids – so pampered compared to these young Mexicans – seem to have no goals. No wonder, therefore, that school has little meaning to them. In addition, I wanted these kids to earn their shoes and tennies; I didn’t want this to be just a gift.

The kids followed through beautifully. Here are some of their comments.
Ángel who is fifteen said that his father started working at the asylum when he, Ángel was only two and that when he was six, he began helping his father with tasks like cutting the hair of and shaving the patients. When Benito, one of the patients, had a bi-polar attack and had to be kept in a cell, Ángel would bring him food.

Yeira described how she and Hector would search their barrio for scrap metal, then sell it along the highway or cruise the barrio with a baby carriage, looking for chunks of plywood to heat their home.

Daniel wrote about growing up with a schizophrenic mother. He now lives at the asylum and works there when he isn’t in school, together with Ángel and Yeira’s brother, Hector.

As a result, I agreed to meet them at Vision in Action which is located in the desert o the west edge of Juárez at 9 AM, Saturday, August 2. Why a mental asylum? Because Daniel, one of the boys lives there with his mother who is a patient. Others work there – Ángel, Braulio and Hector. Rubí is the daughter-in-law of an employee and Alejandra is the daughter of a patient. Hector and Yeira are the grandchildren of a woman named Elvira Romero who was the cook at the asylum for many years. Believe it or not, this asylum with its 100 or so patients and its charismatic leader, Pastor José Antonio Galván, is as close to a home as these young kids have ever known.

Our small caravan finally got started at 11 a.m. with Rubí’s husband, “El Pollito” (the Little Chicken) leading the way in an old van. There were sixteen of us in all – the seven kids, three mothers, three younger children of one of the mothers, Pollito (a friend of mine from Colorado who had come to see the asylum) and me. Until very recently Juárez was the most dangerous city in the world and not a place to be driving a car with New Mexico plates, so I just followed Pollito and hoped for the best.

He led us first to a beautiful Costco where a capable young man named Reyes sold me a membership and also pointed out that he had briefly lived with grandparents near the Colorado town where I had once lived. But Costco’s collection of shoes was almost non-existent so we exited past a heavily armed woman police officer and headed into the center of the town. Extensive renovations are going on here: one major street has been replaced by a pedestrian walkway and the area was crowded with shoppers. This is a huge change from just a few years ago when people simply didn’t go out in crowds.

Finally we found a store named Coppel that both had a good selection and would take a credit card. Then the three mothers earned their keep by getting the kids to focus on the shoes and make decisions. Time just disappears when you’re involved in a project like this, but finally I was standing in front of a surprised-looking cashier with this huge stack of 14 boxes. The manager agreed to a ten percent discount and soon we were headed back to our vehicles, mission accomplished.

The goal of getting these kids ready for school was a practical one. There were surprises, however. Hector, almost seventeen and the oldest of the seven, confided to me afterwards that he had never before gone into a store to buy clothing. His clothing had always been used clothing bought at the local “segundos” or flea markets. And seeing the life and vitality in downtown Juárez – a ghost town only a few years ago – was an enormous surprise.

This is a project that keeps evolving, however. I started with three kids and ended up with seven. We started with an agreement to buy a pair of shoes but ended up with both shoes and tennies. So the subject of uniforms will soon resurface, “uniform” meaning not only something for school wear but clothing for sports as well. I better be ready.

United Toma Altura en “Puro Español”

from NegociosNow

La Aerolínea refuerza el puente aéreo entre EEUU y América Latina afincada en talentos hispanos como Francisco Figueroa, acreedor del premio Chairman’s Sales Award-2014 de United Airlines.

CHICAGO – En 2013 Frank Figueroa se mudó a la Ciudad de los Vientos en gran medida por el auge que experimentó el puente aéreo de United entre Chicago y América Latina.

      Tres años antes, Figueroa había sido nombrado Gerente de Cuenta para la Región del Medio Oeste de United, dentro del equipo de Ventas Latinas. Desde entonces United ha establecido dos vuelos directos desde Chicago: a Monterrey, México, en noviembre de 2012 y a San Juan, Puerto Rico, en noviembre de 2013.

      “Mi principal enfoque son las ventas para el mercado latinoamericano desde un territorio que abarca Colorado, Utah, Illinois, Texas y el Medio Oeste”, explica Figueroa a Negocios Now. “Para lograr eso, yo desarrollo relaciones con las entidades
gubernamentales, agencias de viaje, cámaras (de comercio) latinas/hispanas, y negocios pequeños y medianos”, agrega. “También me mantengo cerca de la comunidad al representar a United ante las organizaciones y asociaciones comunitarios hispanas en EEUU”, agregó.

      Nacido en Zacatecas, México, Figueroa ha trabajado para la aerolínea desde hace 22 años en diferentes puestos. Antes de ingresar al equipo de Ventas Latinas, trabajó en reservas en Los Ángeles y Salt Lake City, así como en operaciones de aeropuerto en Los Ángeles y San Francisco. También participó en el diseño y el lanzamiento de los sistemas de procesamiento de aeropuerto en Chicago y Richmond, Virginia.

      Paralelamente, United se ha consolidado como la aerolínea estadounidense número uno hacia México y la número dos hacia América Latina. En junio, United anunció su primer vuelo a Santiago de Chile, desde su centro de operaciones en el aeropuerto George Bush Intercontinental en Houston a partir del 7 de diciembre de 2014, previa aprobación gubernamental.

      El vuelo 847 partirá de Houston diariamente a las 9:05 pm y llegará a Santiago a las 9:40 am del día siguiente. El vuelo de regreso 846 saldrá de Santiago a las 10:45 pm y llegará a Houston a las 5:40 am del día siguiente. Todos los horarios son locales. El vuelo Houston-Santiago no es obra de la casualidad.

      “La economía de Chile ha crecido de forma consistente y con poca variación en los últimos años. Se espera que registre un crecimiento consistente en los próximos años”, explica Figueroa. “Santiago fue uno de los destinos más importantes que faltaban en nuestra red. Consideramos que este era el momento perfecto para volar a Chile”.

      United operará su servicio entre Houston y Santiago con aviones Boeing 767-300, con un total de 214 asientos, de los cuales 30 son asientos-cama en United Business First y 184 asientos en United Economy, incluyendo 49 asientos United Economy Plus que brindan más amplitud entre filas. Dicho vuelo está programado para proveer convenientes conexiones desde Houston a 111 aeropuertos de EEUU y más de 60 destinos internacionales.

      Sobre la posibilidad de establecer otros vuelos a Chile desde otras ciudades estadounidenses como Chicago, Figueroa dijo: “United siempre está buscando oportunidades potenciales, pero no tenemos anuncios que hacer sobre rutas nuevas por el momento”. United reconoció la labor en ventas de Figueroa con el 2014 Chairman’s Sales Award. “Me siento honrado y humilde a la vez por el reconocimiento de parte de la empresa. Yo trabajo con un grupo de profesionales talentosos para las ventas en Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo”, dijo Figueroa. “El reconocimiento es una validación del trabajo que estamos haciendo en Chicago, pero más importante, del compromiso con América Latina. Nuestros logros son definitivamente un esfuerzo de equipo”.

      Figueroa es miembro de la junta directiva de la Cámara de Comercio de EEUU-México en Chicago. También es miembro de la Cámaras de las Américas con sede en Denver, Colorado.

      Aconseja a los jóvenes latinos que están interesados en incursionar en la industria aérea a prepararse académicamente, primero. “Si hablan español, eso es un plus definitivo en cualquier industria que tiene con ver con América Latina. Pero aun si no lo hablan, ellos pueden aplicar su conocimiento cultural en el trabajo. Pero sobre todo, necesitan tener determinación, dedicación y metas definidas”, dijo.

      “El mejor consejo profesional que he recibido fue saber adaptarme y ser un agente del cambio. Un mentor alguna vez me dijo. El carácter no se define por cómo lidias con el éxito, sino cómo lidias con el fracaso’ “.

Chamber of the Americas is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Clovis Lemes, as our executive director of Brazil

Jose Clovis Lemes
Ruas das Palmeiras, 335 – Suite 12
01226-010 – Sao Paulo – SP
Cel: 55-11.9206.2402

The Chamber of the Americas is pleased to announce the renewing of our strategic partnership with the AMCHAM-Guatemala.


Carolina Castellanos, Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Guatemala
5a Avenida 5-55, Zona 14
Torre I, Nivel 5, Europlaza,
Guatemala City 01014, Guatemala

Veronica Medina Joins 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC As Managing Director For Chile

1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Veronica Medina as a Managing Director for Chile.

Veronica Medina brings over 20 years of experience in international business development, having assisted companies in expanding their business to markets such as Canada, Europe, South America and the U.S. This work has been in multi-sectors, with a specific focus in industries such as biotechnology, environmental, energy and renewable energy, health, mining, ICT, and infrastructure. Ms. Medina is currently the CEO of BusinessHUB SL, an international consulting firm assisting foreign companies in their objectives to enter the markets of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. BusinessHUB is part of Alcalde & Cia, a prestigious law firm who will provide a full range of services to companies looking at these markets. Veronica most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at TradeChile S.A. As COO, Veronica focused on international business development, operations, global sales and negotiations for clients in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.

Prior to TradeChile, Veronica was the European Manager for the Colorado Trade Office in London and served as the Information and Outreach Co-coordinator for the Colorado International Trade Office. Veronica’s past experiences include working as the Medical Information Manager at the biotechnology firm Gensia Europe Ltd., Drug Surveillance Officer for Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), and Events Organizer at the British Red Cross. Veronica has lived and worked in various countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Italy, Peru, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, and the United States

Veronica has a Certificate in International Trade from the World Trade Center Denver & Metropolitan State College in Colorado. In addition, she earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland and undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Dallas, Texas.

“We are delighted and honored to have Veronica join our 1stWEST M&A team and lead our M&A activities in Chile and Latin America. Our clients will be very well served by Veronica’s experience and expertise,” commented Ted Rieple, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions.

1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions is full service international investment banking and advisory firm that is focused on the under-served lower middle-market of companies with sales of $10 to $100 million. The firm has built a unique business solutions platform of assisting owners and shareholders in selling their company, acquiring another business or raising growth capital. With Managing Directors in the US, Europe, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, 1stWEST M&A is uniquely positioned to serve its clients around the globe.

For more information about 1stWEST Mergers & Acquisitions LLC, please visit our website at To contact Veronica Medina, please call +56 2 94730684 (Santiago, Chile) or email at

New Mexican Consul in Denver Touts Partnership

by Don Bain
from Denver Herald Dispatch

      The Chamber of the Americas hosted a luncheon with Carlos J. Bello, Consul General of Mexico in Denver, at the Palm Restaurant in the Westin Hotel, January 29, 2014. Bello is responsible for Mexican nationals living in Colorado as well as the eastern parts of Montana and Wyoming plus portions of Utah.

      He considers his most important task the support, assistance and rights of his countrymen living in the U.S. After thanking those in attendance for the support and hospitality Denver has shown his people for more than 40 years, the Consul General began his address with the following anecdote.

      A mouse is running wildly through the streets of Mexico City, chased by a large cat. He ducks into the first wall crack he can find, waiting there for the cat to wander off. Some minutes later the mouse hears a dog barking nearby and thinks,

“If there is a dog out there, then the cat is gone.” Emerging from his sanctuary, the mouse is immediately pounced on by the cat. Under the feline’s complete control, the mouse manages to mouth a query, “Okay, you’ve caught me, but I heard a dog out here so why didn’t you run away?” With a toothy smile, the cat replies, “Sometimes it’s good to be bilingual!”

The animated and engaging consul then noted the numerous advances in Mexico over the last decade. It is now the fourth largest economy in the Western Hemisphere, following the United States, Canada and Brazil. Mexico’s national debt is only 33 percent of their annual GNP and unemployment is at 5 percent, ranking the country among the top of industrialized nations. He praised Mexico’s open economy, citing 12 free trade agreements, including NAFTA, encompassing 44 countries and resulting in $500 billion in trade every year. Mexico alone purchases 11 percent of all U.S. exports – in fact $17,000 in commerce occurs between the U.S. and Mexico every second of every day in the year.
Our southern neighbor has a youthful populace with a median age of 27 and graduated 106,000 engineers last year. Mexico produces 52 percent of the goods exported in Central and South America, while purchasing 48 percent of everything imported across the same region. The aerospace industry is booming in Mexico, primarily in the manufacture of components for export.

Over the last 10 years the Mexican Congress has enacted some 95 pacts to make it a stronger competitor in the global marketplace. The coming emergence of foreign investment in the Mexican Oil industry is just one example.

“We must partner with America to promote commerce for us all,” asserted Consul General Bello. “We have never competed with you – we have complimented you.” That remark was well received by the assembly, comprising a cross-section of business people from local universities, medical firms, translation services, and international and immigration law entities.

Bello wrapped up his presentation by pointing out that 80 percent of Mexico’s exports are manufactured and that all the incentives provided by the government are aimed at supporting small business. “Remember we are neighbors and there is nothing we can do about it!” he concluded, drawing both laughter and applause.

During a short Q& A, the question of immigration reform in the U.S. came up and General Consul Bello pointed out how the reform was not about letting more Mexicans come here to work, but rather about allowing those with established jobs in the U.S. to visit Mexico and return again. Clearly, not only is a path to citizenship necessary for those who want and deserve it, but also a Long-Term Work Permit for those who have proven their value, yet wish to maintain their expatriate status.

When asked if he thought immigration reform would pass in the U.S. during the next two years, Bello replied: “I don’t even know what my own Congress will do. We will continue to pursue this no matter what the result is,” he added. “We have been working on this for 40 years – we won’t stop. Let’s make The Americas a better place to live, a better place to work for everyone!”

Over 53 Million Hispanics Live in USA

Washington, Aug 12 (Prensa Latina) – More than 53 million Hispanics live in the United States and constitute around 17 percent of the country’s total population, according to recent reports.

The state of New Mexico has the highest percentage of Latinos with 47 percent, but California has the highest share, with 14.5 million of Hispanics of a total of 38 million inhabitants.

A million or so Hispanics live in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas.

According to the latest estimates of the Census Bureau, by 2060 there will be 129 million Hispanic residents, 31 percent of the country’s population by then.

In 2010, only Mexico, with 112 million inhabitants, had a higher Latino population than the United States.

Of the total of Hispanic people living in the United States, 65 percent are from Mexico; 9.4 percent from Puerto Rico; 3.6 percent from Cuba and 2.3 percent from Guatemala. The rest are from other nations in Central and South America.

In Memory of COTA Member Pat Duran

We are greatly saddened to report the passing of Pat Duran on January 23, 2013.

Pat was one of Chamber of the America’s members for years and was the executive director of the Yuma County Economic Development Council. While many people come to Colorado for the mountains, Pat was drawn to the Eastern Plains.

He loved everything about Colorado, and it was his honor to serve our state in so many ways. Pat was a past executive director of Always Buy Colorado and the executive director of DARE Colorado. He will be sorely missed.

Chamber of the Americas welcomes our newest strategic partner: Empowerment International, Granada, Nicaragua, and Lyons, Colorado

Kathy A. Adams
Executive Director and Founder
Empowerment International
303.823.6495 (USA)
505(8) 469.1089 (Nicaragua)
Mission: To break the cycle of poverty before it transfers to another generation by building educated and productive communities.
Programs: Primary School, Peer Tutoring, Home Visit, Educational and Activity Study Center, Teen Program, University Program, Photography

COTA appreciates the continued support of Boris Mannsfeld & Associates, Placencia, Belize, CA

Boris A. Mannsfeld
Placencia, Belize, CA
USA Mobile 303.881.3874

Batero Gold Appoints Leonard (Len) Harris to Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Batero Gold Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard (Len) Harris to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Harris is a metallurgist with over six decades of experience in the mining sector, including extensive experience building and operating mines in South America and worldwide. He joins Batero as the Company evaluates the most efficient leach processing operation at its Batero-Quinchia gold project in Colombia.

“I would like to welcome Mr. Harris to the Board of Directors of Batero. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Len. In addition to his vast technical expertise, he provides an enormous wealth of knowledge in community and government relations in South America,” stated Brandon Rook, President and CEO of the Company. “Mr. Harris will provide valuable technical, environmental and community input as Batero focuses on developing the most efficient and cost effective leach processing circuit at La Cumbre gold deposit.”

Mr. Harris held various senior positions at Newmont Mining over 20 years. He was the first General Manager at Newmont’s Yanacocha heap leach mine in Peru. Mr. Harris was instrumental in advancing the exploration project through to a mining operation at Yanacocha, which is now the largest gold mine in South America. He later became President & General Manager Newmont Peru and Vice President & General Manager Newmont Latin America. Prior to Newmont, Mr. Harris spent over 15 years at Cerro de Pasco Corporation’s smelting, refining and ore processing operation in Peru, his last position as Director of Metallurgy.

Mr. Harris is a member of numerous associations including a Life Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), Member of the Mining and Metallurgy Society of America (MMSA), Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (SME), and Member and former Director of the Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP). He has also chaired numerous committees including twice Chairman International Gold Symposium, Lima, Peru, and Chairman International Congress on Environmental, Safety and Social Responsibilities in Mining and Metallurgy, Lima, Peru. Len Harris and his wife, Rosa Harris, are recipients of a special SME award in recognition of their efforts to improve mining and community conditions.

Mr. Harris is a currently a Consultant and Director of a number of exploration and development companies.

Fernandez: Trade is Key to Economic Recovery

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs talks free trade.

by Bertha Velasquez

Jose W. Fernandez, assistant secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs was in Denver last Thursday to serve as the keynote speaker at the World Trade Day 2012 Conference. La Voz had the opportunity to talk with him about free trade and its affect on the U.S. economy.

“I was very impressed with the level of commitment to foreign trade and the interest of the Denver community that attended the event,” Fernandez said. He also expressed his “great appreciation for the Spanish heritage in Colorado — it’s a fascinating state.”

“You know, Colorado exported more than 7 billion dollars of net goods,” he said speaking about Colorado’s agriculture trade.

Fernandez insisted that trade is a valuable point when it comes to improving the state of the economy not only at the state level, but nationally. “We believe exports can be a powerful tool to create jobs…this is a critical piece in economic recovery.”

La Voz spoke with the assistant secretary about Colorado’s agriculture exports. Recently, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar led a trade delegation to Mexico to discuss greater agriculture exports from Colorado to Mexico.

“Well, agriculture is one of the brightest parts of the export picture,” Fernandez said.

The U.S. takes part in several free trade agreements one of which is the Colombia free trade agreement, which was implemented on May 15. Fernandez said this type of agreement “liberalizes agriculture products and basically called for all agriculture products to be duty free in a certain period [of time].”

Fernandez also spoke about the South Korea free trade agreement, which he said exports became 80 percent duty free, this past March 15, when it took effect. “That FTA basically eliminated or phased out tariffs from Korea, exports to the U.S. by value.”

Both the Korea FTA and Columbia FTA, he said, will help to increase U.S. agriculture exports. “Almost two thirds by value of our exports to Korea will become duty free as a result of the FTA,” he said.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an agreement among Canada, Mexico and the United States, which has removed or reduced trade restrictions. Arguments in favor and against the agreement have been evident since before it was officially implemented in 1994. Critics point to levels of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and impact on workers rights.

“We believe that NAFTA has been a great success. You look at the level of trade between these two nations (Mexico and the U.S.) and its increased tremendously for both,” Fernandez said.

In April, Fernandez traveled to Libya on a trade mission. “We opened the doors for a number of our companies; we think we helped them open the door so to speak,” he said.

Fernandez reflected on his first trip to Libya in 2010 prior to the revolution. He noted the absence of U.S. companies in the country and the presence of many others from the international community.

“If we are able to get our companies in Libya,” then the U.S. and Libya can build and strengthen their relationship he said.

La Voz asked Fernandez, who is originally from Cuba, what has been most rewarding for him in his current position. “This has been a dream come true,” he said. He said that because of his position, he is able to help developing countries throughout the world, or as he put it, “helping out our own people.”

Fernandez was nominated to his current position by President Barack Obama and was later sworn in 2009. He has been honored because of his financial prowess many times and is considered one of the top attorneys in finance. Fernandez obtained his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

The Making of a Peruvian Ambassador

Ambassador Loayzaby David Conde,

Photo credit, La Voz Bilingue

In the middle of October 2011, I had the opportunity to visit Peru for the third time. The trip was a very successful trade mission organized and carried out by elements from Gil Cisneros’ Chamber of the Americas (COTA).

Since then, there have been at least two other missions that altogether have yielded almost $1 billion in business. In looking into the background of this success, I found the hand of Guido Felipe Loayza Desvescovi, the General Consul of Peru in this region, who has worked tirelessly to get the United States and Peru to work together to help create infrastructure for his country and business opportunities for Americans.

I had seen Mr. Loayza several times over the years, both as a presenter and guest at the COTA business forums. I found a warm and unassuming man that talked passionately about his country and what it had to offer the world. In the conference in Lima, which was part of the October 2011 trade mission, he was everywhere making sure that all of the support mechanisms were in place to assure successful meetings.

In the beginning of 2012, Loayza was promoted to Ambassador, which said volumes about the quality of his work including a career that took him across the globe to places like Canada, Mexico, Central America, Chile, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore and Thailand. But more importantly for us is the fact that he achieved his new rank while working with our community in Colorado and this region of the United States.

Ambassador Loayza’s passion came early in this adult life. For 10 years, between the ages of 18 and 28, he traveled to every corner of his country to get acquainted with the peaks and valleys of the Andean highlands, the coast and the exotic sea life created by the Humboldt current and the Amazon jungle that completed his journey to understanding the special character of his people. The lessons provided by that travel translated into the development of qualities that feel the issues when others just talk about them.

When Ambassador Loayza discusses trade he talks about adding value rather than exploiting a rich deposit of something, extracting it and leaving the country with less. He looks to find mutual benefits in trade that creates wealth for importers and exporters as well as promotes the development of infrastructure for Peru.

He was excited to see that one of the companies that participated in the trade missions provided water treatment services and technology, because the country needs help to create potable water, which is scarce in parts of Peru. He was excited about the presentation of a solar technology company because it offers to produce electricity house-by-house in Andean villages that have not known electrical power.

The ambassador also talks about investing in the country’s great ports, especially for trade with Asia. This speaks not only to Peru but to all of Latin America, especially its neighbor Brazil.

The evolving partnership with Brazil includes the development of transportation avenues through Peru to the coast for the shipment and receiving of goods from the fast the growing Asian markets.

We should be proud that Loayza has not only achieved major breakthroughs in mutually beneficial trade between Peru and the United States, but also achieved it working with our Colorado and regional community. He is now a new ambassador from Peru.

Peru’s Business Confidence Increases To 12-Month High

by Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times

Business confidence in Peru reached its highest level in 12 months, daily Gestion reported, citing the Central Bank’s latest survey on macroeconomic expectations.

Sixty percent of respondents said they are optimistic about the economy, compared to 57 percent in January and 56 percent in December.

The survey found that 61 percent of businesses expect sales to increase this year, up from 58 percent in January and 57 percent in December.

The survey also found that 64 percent of companies see demand increasing, up from 61 percent in January and 57 percent in December.

The consumer confidence index in February also rose, up to 61 from 59 in January. However, it is still down from December, when the index reached 68.

Economy and Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla said recently that Peru’s economy will expand by 5.7 percent this year, from a previous estimate of 5.4 percent. In 2011, Peru’s gross domestic product increased by 6.92 percent, compared to 8.8 percent in 2010.

A Clash of Generations: U.S. 50-Year-Old Embargo Meets Scarabeo 9

by Arturo Lopez-Levy and Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado

Scarabeo 9, the semi-submersible oil rig contracted by the Spanish company Repsol, completed its journey from Singapore to Cuba. Repsol’s rig will explore Cuba’s exclusive economic zone, an area in the Gulf of Mexico of about 112,000 square kilometers. Oil exploration in the zone is being contracted to several foreign companies such as Venezuela’s PDVSA, Malaysia’s Petronas, and Vietnamese PetroVietnam. Cuba’s Ministry of Basic Industry estimates the oil reserves in the zone are between 5 billion to 9 billion barrels of oil. CNN GPS host Fareed Zakaria referred to Cuba’s total oil potential as between 5 billion and
20 billion barrels of oil.

The start of the oil exploration will not derail Raul Castro’s reform program. At a minimum, oil will not come from the offshore wells soon enough, while the reforms are needed immediately. The Cuban government needs to create jobs for the million and half workers that are supposed to leave the government sector in the next two years as part of the reforms program proclaimed last April by the Cuban Communist Party in its VI Congress. It must also alleviate critical situations of poverty in the five most eastern provinces, where unrest has been rising. With or without oil, the Cuban economy sorely needs to develop an environment in which businesses and individuals feel confident to invest.

The development of an oil based economy also poses a challenge for the anti-corruption policy President Raul Castro claims to support. The risk of potential backdoor deals and traffic of influence associated with the volume of oil profits cannot be contained without more transparency to hold corrupt or incompetent officials to account. To improve the quality of governance, the Cuban government must accelerate its opening to the best monitoring world practices and the training of its project managers, accountants, economists, and regulators. It must also lessen controls over the media and nongovernmental activities in ways that they can monitor and identify negligent and corrupt officials.

The impact on U.S.-Cuba relations:

In the early 1990’s, several studies of Cuban future scenarios (Edward Gonzalez and David Rondfelt’s “Cuba Adrift in a Post-Communist World” of the Rand Corporation for instance) warned that a discovery of oil in Cuba would be a game changer for U.S-Cuba relations. Given the expectation that it will find oil in Cuba’s waters; the mere arrival of Scarabeo 9 strengthens Havana’s position versus Washington’s policy of isolation.

One must add that oil offshore exploration in Cuba has important implications in terms of U.S. national security, energy and environmental policies. Facing the danger of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Cuban American oil expert Jorge Piñón, associated with the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geo-sciences, recommended an industry wide license “allowing U.S. oil equipment and services companies to provide goods, services and personnel to oil companies operating in Cuba in the event of an emergency.”

At a minimum, Piñón suggested that CUPET, Cuban oil company be allowed to join the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) “in order to gain experience in deep-water drilling by the sharing of industry health, safety and environmental best practices through IADC conferences, training seminars, and technical publications in areas such as drilling and completion technology; standards, practices, legislation and regulations which provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations.”

The activation of the American business and environmental community about oil exploration in Cuban waters is already in motion. In December 2011, a joint delegation of the International Association of Drilling Contractors and the Environmental Defense Fund visited Cuba to explore ways to cooperate with Cuba beginning by common responses to potential spills. Last fall Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) and Mary Landrieux
(D-La) sponsored a bill to allow “U.S. citizens and residents to “engage in any transaction necessary” for oil and gas exploration and extraction in Cuba — “notwithstanding any other provision of law.” The bill passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources with the support of The Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA).

Even in the “worst case scenario” for Cuba of a Republican victory in 2012, historical precedents such as the lifting of the embargo against Vietnam allow us to predict that the pro-embargo lobby doesn’t have the spine to stop the push of the American petroleum lobby. The opening of Agricultural trade with Cuba in 2000, showed how a mobilized and well-funded American farmers community defeated the pro-embargo lobby in a matter of two years. In the last decade, food sales to Cuba averaged $350 million a year. The trade peaked in 2008 at $700 million. If Scarabeo 9 discovers oil, the potential profits of American trade and investment in Cuba will easily exceed the agricultural trade revenues.

The Way Forward:

Sooner or later, we will read an op-ed by a pro-embargo lobbyist explaining that all this is a campaign by the Cuban government to entice the American business community, and that the only way forward is for the United States to fight with the companies that dared to explore oil fields next to our shores, respecting international laws and showing goodwill to our government but refusing to go along with the Cuban American right wing lobby in Southern Florida. It will insist that there are neither reforms nor reformist elements to nurture by engaging Cuba.

Here is a better course: The Obama Administration, which wasted a year since Repsol-YPF contracted the platform in China, should instead include Cuba in all regional cooperation efforts to design mutually beneficial hemispheric energy and environmental protection policies. To pursue such a goal and protect Florida and Gulf coast, the American and Cuban government should begin negotiations to train their officials for coordinated responses against accidents in the Florida Straits and protect their installations against any potential terrorist attack, from enemies of the United States or violent Cuban exile groups.

To nurture economic reform and anti-corruption initiatives in Cuba’s dealing with the oil industry, is clearly in the national interest of the United States. Since American companies contracting overseas are regulated by the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, by far a more restrictive anti-corruption legislation than any of the countries involved in Cuba’s oil industry, President Obama can argue that it is in U.S. national interests to license American oil companies to contract any oil related activity in Cuba, beginning by environmental protection. This is legal within the framework of the Helms-Burton law.

A secure and stable world oil market is a fundamental United States national security interest. All serious predictions by American academic and intelligence community are forecasting the globalization of energy demand and an increase in world demand for oil by 20% or more over the next two decades, mainly in emerging markets. The risks of disruptions of oil extraction, refining or transportation, and oil spills are always present. Washington should not postpone anymore an urgent discussion about the convenience and the opportunity costs of refusing to engage Cuba’s oil industry.

Scholar Advocates for Increased Academic Partnership Between U.S. and Cuba

In January, President Obama lifted restrictions on academic travel to Cuba, making it easier for students to partake in educational exchanges with the island country. To get an expert’s perspective on that decision, spoke with Arturo López-Levy, Ph.D. candidate and research associate at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. López-Levy is a passionate advocate for increasing shared educational opportunities between the U.S. and Cuba.

by Douglas Fehlen

Arturo Lopez-Levy
Arturo López-Levy

For decades, the United States has maintained no formal diplomatic relations with Cuba, enforcing severe travel and trade restrictions against the country all the while. Arturo López-Levy, Ph.D. candidate and research associate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, is a longtime critic of American policy toward the Caribbean nation. The University of Denver scholar believes that recent changes in American policy — including relaxed regulations on educational, cultural and religious travel — have the potential to transform the relationship between the two countries. In a article, you praised President Obama’s January decision to ease restrictions on academic travel to Cuba. Why do you support this policy change?

Arturo López-Levy: Education exchanges will foster rational conversations between Cuban and American societies. This by itself is a very positive advance in the two countries’ relationship, a political area in which passion, offenses and political retribution have been the norm.

There are important differences between the political systems of Cuba and the U.S. Furthermore, there are important disagreements between Cuban and American narratives about the history of the two countries and their relations. Most Cubans, for instance, would never talk about the 1898 Hispanic-Cuban-American War or the 1962 Missile Crisis without mentioning the central role of their compatriots. But the two societies, and even the two governments, are not destined to be enemies. Cuban nationalism and a U.S.-led world order are not necessarily incompatible. The optimal way to manage differences and destroy negative stereotypes between these two countries is through a free flow of travelers and ideas across national boundaries. In fact, as the Helsinki process proved in Europe, this is not only the most effective way but also the most democratic.

President Obama’s decision occurred at a strategic moment in Cuban history, just after the power transition from Fidel to Raul Castro and in the middle of important processes of economic reform and political liberalization. Cubans on the island and the Diaspora are talking about national reconciliation and dialogue. A discussion of ways in which the U.S. and Cuba might cooperate in almost every area is long overdue.

EP: What types of education exchanges are now permissible between the U.S. and Cuba? Are you aware of additional programs in the works?

ALL: It’s important not to have excessive optimism about the Cuban government’s attitude toward academic exchanges with the U.S. Those exchanges need goodwill and authorization from both governments.

By allowing scholars, professors and students (graduate and undergraduate) to participate and even sponsor academic events, trips and workshops in Cuba, the White House dismantled the restrictions imposed by George W. Bush in 2004 — a counterproductive policy and an affront to American traditional liberties. The fact that some Cuban government regulations conflict with international human rights to travel and limit the scope of educational exchanges does not excuse Washington’s own controls. Hence, President Obama’s January decision allowing accredited educational and cultural institutions to sponsor travel to Cuba for academic, cultural and educational exchanges goes in the right direction.

History proves that migratory and travel relations are intertwined with the general atmosphere of the political links between the two countries. Currently, the Cuban government violates the right to travel and the associated right to education of scholars and students when it demands from them exit visas to leave the island. Cuban government officials have presented these controls as emergency measures against a hostile U.S. policy. Following this logic, the Cuban government would probably lift many of these restrictions as part of the current reform, particularly if it enjoys a friendly international environment.

A total dismantling of the travel controls is today unthinkable. In Washington, the House Foreign Relations Committee is chaired by Cuban American Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a fierce opponent to any relaxation of the embargo. In Havana, Raul Castro is not interested in clashes with the U.S., but he is not a misunderstood democrat either. Furthermore, there is a combination of Cuban paranoia with an openly declared goal of the U.S. government to use every single channel (religious, academic, cultural, educational, etc.) to promote a regime change in the island.

EP: What benefits do you predict increased academic exchange will have for Cuba’s university community? What do U.S. institutions and students stand to gain from it?

ALL: Because the new openness toward the outside world has gathered momentum in the last years, it’s predictable that Cuban universities would try to foster academic exchanges with overseas institutions. In the case of the U.S., Cuba has been disconnected from the American market but not from its academic community.

Most American educational exchanges with Cuba are concentrated in some universities and centers, particularly in Havana, and in some cases reach the same people. American and Cuban institutions should make an effort to diversify the participants in terms of regions, race and gender. It’s important to reach out not only to official institutions but also to an emerging sector of non-state actors such as bloggers, independent researchers, language professors and artists.

Cubans have the highest level of education and school attendance in Latin America, with widely disseminated language skills. Among other things, American academic exchanges with Cuba can assist the education of a new generation of businesspeople, managers, economists and accountants urgently needed for economic reform.

There are already American students in Cuba, particularly in the Latin American School of Medicine. An expansion of these exchanges will enable American students, teachers and scholars of all levels to take advantage of the growing educational market in Cuba. Study in Cuba is today a fairly inexpensive alternative for many Caribbean, Latin American and some minority students from the U.S. This could be easily expanded if the Cuban government allows joint ventures in education with foreign institutions. President Obama’s decision to allow short-term non-credit related educational visits would enhance the ability of ordinary Americans to learn about Cuban culture and life and see firsthand the counterproductive character of the U.S. embargo against the island.

EP: Do you feel current regulations go far enough to foster multinational academic partnerships, or would you like to see greater cooperation between the two countries? Are there measures you would propose to increase collaboration?

ALL: The policy changes of January 2011 are just the beginning of an urgently needed reversal of Washington’s policy of isolation against Cuba. All travel controls, outside obvious national security areas, are a relic of the Cold War and an infringement of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is as valid for Cuba as it is for the U.S. Different from the Helsinki process in Europe, when the U.S. built bridges for a flow of people and ideas across countries, Washington has insisted on adding its own walls to those erected by Cuban communists.

The meager results of such policies are logical consequences of their irrationality and double standards. The Helms-Burton Act dictates unacceptable conditions to Cuban sovereignty and even disrespects Cuban civil society by not asking the informed consent of all Cuban partners for the programs of USAID. The U.S. cannot encourage a democratic environment for academic exchanges if it says it seeks respect for human rights in Cuba but then curtails the rights of its own citizens to travel to Cuba and implements policies that violate international law.

Since the end of the Cold War, the inclusion in the State Department list of terrorist countries has served as the legal and political underpinning for most travel controls against Cuba. The blacklisting of Cuba by the State Department is not the result of serious national security analysis but a simple subordination of American national interests to South Florida electoral politics. That said, American regulations that treat traveling to Cuba and the participation of Cubans in academic events in the U.S. are enforced with maximal zealotry. In 2004, three years after the September 11th tragedy, a scandal broke when it was found that 21 officials at the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department were assigned to monitor transactions with Cuba, while only three were searching the assets of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein combined.

The American academic community should become active in this debate, assess whether Cuba represents a real threat for the U.S. and bring the experiences of the Helsinki process to the discussion of the bilateral relations between Cuba and the U.S. The Obama Administration should seek a wide-ranging dialogue with Havana to set the relations between the two societies on a course towards normal educational relations. Congress must eliminate all restrictions to the use of government or private funds for academic exchanges between Cuba and the U.S. All international institutions, such as those of the Inter-American Consortium of Universities, must be released from any limitation to invite Cubans to participate or benefit from their academic and educational events or fellowships.

EP: Do you believe that warming relations between Cuba and the U.S. on the academic front will also lead to constructive political dialog between the two countries?

ALL: Despite the absence of diplomatic relations between Havana and Washington, food sales, remittances, family visits and cultural, religious and educational exchanges have led to some informal integration between the two countries. A great benefit of academic exchanges between the two countries is the development of a ‘linkage community.’ This community is defined as a group of people in both countries who develop extensive contacts with the society of the other country. This type of community enables political dialogue across the Strait of Florida as individuals share their knowledge, sensitivity and empathy for those on the other side.

If the Obama Administration’s policy of academic, cultural, educational, humanitarian and family travels to Cuba survives for five years, the travel ban will not stand. The current loopholes would eventually create a virtuous circle of travelers to the island who would come back mobilized for less restriction to travel. At some point they would reach a critical political mass.

EP: Are there campus organizations in the U.S. and/or Cuba working to increase academic collaboration between the two countries?

ALL: One of the most seasoned projects working on academic and educational exchanges between Cuba and the U.S. is Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC). The organization is based on the idea that both Cuba and the U.S. can learn from each others’ health systems and experiences.

There are other projects, such as the Cuba Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), with a substantive Cuban participation in all its conferences, as well as exchange programs at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and other universities. Still many efforts are quite dispersed, and there’s a lack of an effective forum among universities in both countries to discuss higher education coordination. Perhaps the presidents of universities on both sides of the Strait of Florida should organize an academic consortium and meet once to coordinate an expansion of academic contacts.

EP: What kind of relationships do you hope ultimately exist between U.S. and Cuba academic communities?

ALL: Our two countries can have the closest of the relationships that exists between U.S academic community and any other country in the world. Every year thousands of Cubans should come to study or lecture in the U.S. and vice versa. Nothing should prevent Cuban and American scholars from participating in the academic life of their neighbor country. That’s why I feel frustrated by the missed opportunities for knowledge, interactions and joint development between Cuba and the U.S.

But I am cautiously optimistic; President Obama opened a significant door to academic, cultural, religious and social exchanges. After Fidel Castro’s retirement, Cuba is also going through parallel processes of economic reform, political liberalization and openness to the outside world. Growing social integration across the Florida Strait would develop a critical mass of actors that lobby for good relations between Cuba and the United States. Cross-strait economic and cultural ties will further expand and would likely impact political decision-makers.

Another Latin American country has actually opened schools of their own inside the U.S.

Mexican Senate Ratifies Free-Trade Accord With Peru

by Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times

Mexico’s Senate ratified a free-trade agreement with Peru on Thursday, after delaying about seven months since it was approved by executives in both countries on concerns about its impact on the agricultural sector.

The trade pact was approved with 55 votes in favor and 47 against.

Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry said in a statement that trade between the two countries has increased 13 percent annually between 2000 and 2010, jumping to $1.46 billion from $414 million.

The Ministry said that trade could double in the next five years thanks to the trade pact.

Silva and Ferrari at WTO Meeting
“Peru is a country in full growth,” said Mexican Economy minister Bruno Ferrari, in Geneva this week at the World Trade Organization’s eighth ministerial conference. “It is a natural option for Mexican producers who are looking to expand their business in Latin America and obtain that way a bigger international presence. In other words, Peru is a major strategic partner for Mexico. In fact, Peru has seen growth three times faster than our most important trade partners. It represents a commercial opportunity that we must take advantage of.”

Both Ferrari and Peru’s Foreign Trade minister, José Luis Silva, are in Geneva this week for the WTO conference of cabinet ministers from 153 member countries.

Both countries already have numerous free trade agreements. Peru’s most important free trade pacts are with China, the United States, the European Union and Canada.

Colombia’s Open For Business With ‘Can-do’ Attitude

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To quote Jack Barker, president of Innovative Water Technologies, “The mission was a great success. I have no doubt that…IWT will be doing a great deal of business in Colombia.”

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The first is the extraordinary recovery Colombia has made from decades of violence and near anarchy. For example, in 2000, there were some 4,000 reported kidnappings. Now there are fewer than 20. The homicide rate has declined from 120 per 100,000 of population to 26. On November 4, Colombian forces killed Alfonso Cano, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which is likely to further advance peace.

The second was the signing of the Free Trade Agreement on October 12. Yes, dawdling by Democrats, my party, has allowed other countries like Argentina and Canada to cut deeply into our share of agricultural exports to Colombia, unnecessarily costing us farming jobs. And far too many members of my party voted against it: three of the four Democrats in the New Mexico delegation, for example. It’s time to get moving, because Colombia will not only be a good market for U.S. companies, but it can also become an important “jumping off” point for the rest of Latin America.

The business community there is excited about the trade agreement. I visited Colombia’s export promotion agency, Proexport; Asocolflores, the association of flower exporters; the Council of American Enterprises; and Amcham Colombia, and met a number of Colombian businesspeople. They are anxious to work more closely with the U.S.

The last and most important “miracle” involves the Victim’s and Land Restitution Law that was signed by President Santos on June 13 and starts Colombia on a process of healing the wounds incurred in its decades-long and still unfinished civil war.

Guatemala Elects New President

Contributed by: Quiñones, Ibargüen, Luján & Mata, S.C.

On Sunday, November 6th, Guatemala held a second round of general presidential elections that resulted in a victory for the opposition party, (“Patriot Party” Partido Patriota – PP), and its presidential candidate, retired General Otto Perez Molina, over a younger, rising and controversial political figure, Attorney and Congressman Manuel Baldizón (“Leadership Party” Lider -PL). The PP is considered as favoring Guatemala’s businesses while the PL was formed from dissidents of the current populist party in government of Mr. Alvaro Colom.

The eight weeks after the September 11th first round were filled with accusations of overspending by both parties and a lack of transparency of political contributions. Both parties where fined for insignificant amounts.

A dangerously divided Guatemala revived memories of human rights violations through questioning of Mr. Perez Molina’s participation in Guatemala’s civil war in the 1980s, and his alliance to questionable figures of Guatemala’s past. His campaign revolved around a promise of a crackdown on escalating violence.

Mr. Baldizóón was questioned for his sources of funds, inventive campaign promises, and his rapid rise to the political scene. His campaign focused on continuing social programs and rising employee benefits. According to analysts, Mr. Baldizón did not benefit from his last moment alliances. Among his most commented allies was an improvised political party that holds as its most notorious member an ex-president (Alfonso Portillo) who is subject to a U.S. extradition request over corruption charges.

Mr. Baldizón also made an alliance with Sandra Torres, the former First Lady (divorced from Mr. Colom in an attempt to become a Presidential Candidate) and her party. This last alliance was an effort to benefit from the former First Lady’s personal involvement in a controversial governmental program of conditional transfers that created a strong network of supporters in mainly rural areas. The election results favored Mr. Perez by 53.74 percent. Division was marked between a support for Mr. Perez in Guatemala City of close to 78 percent, versus extremely low results in rural areas of 34percent.

This week Guatemala quickly returned to business as usual and, although there is no post-electoral euphoria, there is a quiet feeling of relief from a prolonged and stressful election process. Guatemala’s business community may be described as moderately optimistic but concerned over the marked division.

Many progressive business sectors have positively acknowledged the deep need to work on creating a more united society (Guatemala holds one of the lowest Gini coefficients in the world) by focusing on education on economic development in rural areas, if it wants to break away from a recurring pattern of alternating election victories between conservative and populist regimes every
four years.

Support Free Trade with Colombia

by Morgan Smith

Santa Fe resident Morgan Smith is a former commissioner of agriculture from Colorado and director of the Colorado International Trade Office. He writes frequently for La Voz on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“In 2008, 46.5 percent of Colombia’s imports of agricultural products came from the United States. By 2010, that figure had dropped to 20.8 percent,” Gabriel Silva Luján, the Ambassador from Colombia to the United States told the Council on International Relations here in Santa Fe on Aug. 20.

This was a stunning comment. Colombia is a country of about 45 million people that imports a high percentage of its food products — roughly 97 percent of its wheat, for example, an important crop here in the Western United States. At a time of record high unemployment in the United States, how could we have let an important agricultural market quietly slip away?

Colombia approved an agreement with us five years ago, but because of union pressure on Democrats in Congress, we have failed to respond. As a result, Colombia has negotiated agreements with the Latin American Mercosur countries, the European Union and, most recently, Canada. This has given these countries a huge market advantage over our farmers who face tariffs that average 30 percent.

As a result, Argentina’s share of Colombia’s agricultural imports, for example, has gone from 13.8 percent in 2008 to 28.2 percent in 2010. This bad news for American farmers will soon get much worse because the Colombia-Canada agreement went into effect in August. Canadian farmers will soon take more market share from us.

Colombia has made some extraordinary changes that deserve recognition.

First, unlike the United States where tax increases are totally “off the table,” Colombia has funded much of its war against the drug cartels through a special “wealth tax” on richer Colombians. (Our aid only amounts to about 4 percent of the cost of this war.) One result has been a huge reduction in violence. In 2002, there were 40,000 kidnappings. Last year, there were only 20, according to the ambassador.

Second, recognizing the enormous human cost of the drug war, Colombia has just enacted a law providing compensation of up to $20,000 to victims.

Another law passed in the most recent legislative session will return land to farmers from whom it was stolen during the war. The amount of land involved is 16 million acres, an area equal to the state of West Virginia.

Lastly, Colombia has enacted an extremely tough anti-corruption law.

And, in addition to its own struggle against the drug business, Colombia is training some 11,000 Mexican law-enforcement officials.

President Juan Manuel Santos is not only attempting to heal the wounds of this longstanding war but he has also reduced Colombia’s dependence on the United States. In addition to these other free-trade agreements, he has attempted to smooth out relationships with Venezuela, his largest and most important neighbor.

One downside, however, was his decision last spring to extradite Walid “The Turk” Makled to Venezuela instead of the United States. Arrested in Colombia last year on a U.S. warrant, Makled is alleged to have been smuggling ten tons of cocaine a month from Venezuela to the United States and to have many ties with top Venezuelan officials. U.S. officials desperately wanted him extradited to the United States so that they could question him. Would Santos have done this if we had been more responsive regarding the trade agreement?

On April 19, 2008, I wrote an article for The New Mexican, urging support for the agreement but for mostly political reasons. I believed that we should support a country that had stood up for us, particularly in regard to Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s virulently anti-American president. Now our failure to act is costing us jobs as well. Isn’t it time for us to act? If the European Union and Canada are satisfied with Colombia’s record on the environment, human rights and trade union issues, what is holding us back?

Perú President Elect Ollanta Humala Meets With Secretary Clinton & Other Washington Officials

The newly elected Peruvian leader arrived to Washington yesterday for a slew of meeting that are met to introduce him to Washington and President Obama’s key international representatives. President Ollanta Humala and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are due to meet today at 2:45 p.m.

President elect Ollanta Humala’s main objective is to reassure the US Secretary of State that his presidency will seek to maintain good relations with Peru’s largest trading partner.

Humala, a 49-year-old former army rebel, is expected to address concerns that his administration will restrict investment when he takes office July 28, 2011.

“Humala has become more moderate and more centrist, and this is an opportunity for him to tell the U.S. administration who he is and what his positions are,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a policy research group. “The U.S. won’t be a high priority for the Humala administration, but he’ll want to have good relations on trade, drugs and other issues.”

Humala shifted his almost “Chavist” political stance and now embraces more business friendly policies—like Brazil’s Lula, which eventually resulted in Brazil becoming the fastest-growing economy of the decade in Latin América.

Humala travels accompanied by his wife Nadine Heredia and by a group of close collaborators, possible members of his cabinet.

“The trip is an opportunity for Humala to recast his reputation in Washington, which is based on a lot of gossip,” said Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington-based research group. “Ollanta will do what Brazil has done and say we feel we can have cordial relations with Venezuela and Cuba and the U.S. We don’t have to pick sides.”

IDB says Peru’s growth is unmatchable in past 5 years, meets with Humala

The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, said Thursday that no country has shown a similar growth rate to that of Peru over the last five years, Andina reports.

“The expansion of Peru’s gross domestic product (GDP) during the last five years has been very important. What Peru has done in that period is really good; I don’t think there is another country with a similar growth rate,” said Moreno.

While the IDB does not make economic growth projections, Moreno agreed with the latest World Bank forecasts that predict 6.9 percent growth of GDP in Peru for this year, the highest growth rate in South America.

The visiting IDB president will meet with president-elect Ollanta Humala on Friday to discuss topics such as Peru’s economic expansion and its perspectives.

“We had a telephone conversation with Humala when he visited us in Washington. Now we are here waiting to support and look for the best interests of Peru and every Peruvian,” said Moreno after meeting Thursday with Peruvian president Alan García at the Government Palace in Lima.

During the past five years, the IDB has financed water supply and sanitation projects and has also supported the development of the private sector. Moreno highlighted that the participation and collaboration of the IDB in the approval of such loans have been focused on key social issues in Peru, which benefit the population. A symbolic support has been the financing of the Camisea project. “We want to express that the IDB’s interest has always been to keep working for Peru,” Moreno said.

Moreno stressed Peru’s significant reduction of poverty, which in 2006 it stood at nearly 48 percent and stands at some 31 percent at present.

Moreno also spoke about his meeting Friday with Humala saying, “We’ll analyze a number of actions, which I’ll be supporting, especially topics related to social policies,” which he talked about a lot during his campaign.

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Mediante el Decreto Legislativo N° 1002, Ley de Promoción de la Inversión en Generación de Electricidad con el uso de Energías Renovables (2008), y su Nuevo Reglamento aprobado mediante el Decreto Supremo N° 012-2011-EM, el Perú promueve el aprovechamiento en la generación de electricidad de los Recursos Energéticos Renovables (RER) tales como: biomasa, eólico, solar, geotérmico, mareomotriz y la energía hidráulica, cuando la capacidad instalada no sobrepasa de los 20 MW.

De acuerdo con el Artículo 7° del Nuevo Reglamento, este espacio tiene por objetivo publicar los documentos relacionados con los procesos de Subasta RER que se convoque; además de información histórica, estadísticas, normas, noticias y publicaciones relacionadas con las energías renovables. En tal sentido lo invitamos a suscribirse a esta página web en caso esté interesado en recibir información permanente que se publique en este espacio.

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    Cámara de las Américas abre Oficina en Lima

    Por Kristi Arellano
    Viva Colorado

    La Cámara de las Américas ha abierto una oficina en Lima, Perú, como parte de sus gestiones para ayudar a los negocios locales a expandir sus oportunidades en esa región.
    La cámara, con sede en Denver, trabaja para crear negocios en todo el continente americano. Esta organización ofrece seminarios y servicios de consultoría para negocios y regularmente organiza misiones comerciales para conectar a negocios locales con nuevos mercados.

    La oficina en Lima es la segunda oficina satélite de la cámara. La primera oficina, en Veracruz, México, se abrió hace dos años. Y ya se está gestionando la apertura de otras oficinas. Según directivo de la cámara, estas oficinas ayudan mucho a los empresarios, tanto en Estados Unidos como en los países en las que esas oficinas se abren porque impulsan el comercio internacional.

    “Uno de los principales problemas con las compañías que quieren hacer negocios internacionales es el factor de confianza”, dijo Milo Blanco Reyna, de la cámara en la región de los EEUU. “Al tener presencia en Estados Unidos y en Perú, les aseguramos a nuestros clientes que los ayudaremos en sus proyectos, ya sea en exportación, firmar acuerdos o presentarse a licitaciones para proyectos de infraestructura.” La expansión a Perú se produce en el momento en que en Estados Unidos crece la atención hacia ese país. A principios de mayo el Latin Business Chronicle ubicó a Perú como la segunda mejor economía de la región. Según ese reporte, que analiza 18 países latinoamericanos, el crecimiento económico de Perú y la baja inflación en ese país contribuyen al sólido ambiente económico.

    Blanco Reyna indicó que la economía de Perú ha crecido desde hace años, incluso cuando la recesión económica ha afectado a otros países. Según él, eso se debe a la industria minera, que ha creado una nueva clase adinerada, y a los acuer-dos de libre comercio firmados por Perú.
    Ese crecimiento se vio en el 2009 cuando la Cámara de las Américas realizó una misión comercial a Perú. Blanco Reyna y un empresario estadounidense visitaron un centro de ventas en el que las ventas se realizaban incesantemente.
    “En Estados Unidos, los centros comerciales estaban vacíos, pero en Perú la gente hacía fila para pagar sus compras,” puntualizó Blanco Reyna.

    Gil Cisneros, presidente y gerente general de la Cámara de las Américas, dijo que la nueva oficina en Perú contribuye a impulsar los continuos esfuerzos de la cámara para abrir oficinas y servir a las empresas en todo el continente.
    “Poco a poco queremos llegar también a otros países,” comentó.

    Esas oficinas, dijo, proveen valiosos servicios para los empresarios en Estados Unidos y en los países latinoamericanos.

    “Ponemos a nuestros clientes en buenas manos. Tenemos suficientes contactos y una base establecida para ayudarlos” en la fase inicial de su expansión internacional,” dijo Cisneros.

    La oficina en Lima actualmente cuenta con seis personas, más personal, observó Cisneros, del que trabaja en la oficina en Denver. Para más información, visite

    U.S. Diplomat to get Nod for Mexico Ambassador

    Copyright 2011 Houston Chronicle

    MEXICO CITY — President Barack Obama will nominate Earl Anthony Wayne, a high-ranking career diplomat with scant experience in Latin America, as his new ambassador to Mexico, sources confirmed Tuesday.

    The appointment of Wayne, currently serving as U.S. deputy ambassador to Afghanistan, will require approval from both the U.S. Senate and the Mexican government. It has yet to be formally submitted to either.

    Wayne’s nomination was reported Tuesday by the Mexican media, citing diplomatic sources. Neither the White House nor the Mexican government would confirm Wayne will be named, but three knowledgeable Washington sources did.

    “The word is that Wayne has it,” a former senior U.S. diplomat with long experience in Latin America said, on condition his name not be used.

    If approved, Wayne will replace Carlos Pascual, another career diplomat who resigned in March under harsh criticism from Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Pascual had been at the embassy’s helm less than two years when he stepped down.

    Except for a two-year stint in the late 1980s when he worked as a national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, Wayne, 60, has been a foreign service officer since 1975. Through a wide-ranging diplomatic career, he has specialized in economic and energy issues, largely focused on Europe.

    Last year, he was named as “career ambassador,” among the highest ranks in the U.S. foreign service, by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mexican officials long have preferred U.S. ambassadors here to be either political appointees with direct access to the White House or a State Department heavy hitter, analysts say.

    Wayne served six years as the assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs before President George W. Bush appointed him ambassador to Argentina in 2006. He ran the embassy in Buenos Aires for nearly three years before being appointed to Afghanistan.

    As the second-ranking U.S. envoy in Kabul, where U.S. and Afghan officials frequently have sparred over direction of the U.S.-led war, Wayne presumably gained valuable experience with a vital yet testy ally dealing with a bloody internal conflict.

    “While he lacks experience in Mexico, Ambassador Wayne has an impressive resume as a diplomat with invaluable experience in counterterrorism,” U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Tuesday. McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s panel on oversight and investigations, introduced legislation in Congress recently to designate six Mexican drug cartels “foreign terrorist organizations.”

    If confirmed, Wayne will take the reins in Mexico as the Calderon government’s crackdown on organized crime remains far from successful. The U.S. government is aiding that effort with $1.4 billion in equipment and training as well as logistical and intelligence support.

    Some Mexican officials and pundits were rankled by the appointment of Pascual two years ago because he was described by some as an expert in “failed states.” Pascual’s posting came just months after a U.S. military think-tank study claimed Mexico was on the verge of becoming such a state amid the worsening criminal violence.

    Pascual definitively ran afoul of Calderon when leaked diplomatic cables criticizing the Mexican government’s efforts were published last December by WikiLeaks, the muckraking website. The cables by Pascual and other U.S. diplomats particularly panned the performance of Mexico’s army, which has been the cornerstone of Calderon’s strategy against the drug gangs.

    “They have done a lot of damage with the stories they tell and that, in truth, they distort,” Calderon told El Universal, a leading newspaper in Mexico City, in late February. The Mexican president singled out Pascual, whom he did not explicitly name, for “ignorance” that had caused “an impact and an irritation in our own team.”

    A month later, Clinton announced that Pascual had submitted his resignation.

    Peru has Second Best Macroeconomic Environment in Lat-Am

    Lima, May 11 (ANDINA). Peru has become the country with the second best macroeconomic environment in the region due to its strong economic growth and low inflation, according to the Latin Business Chronicle’s annual Latin Business Index.

    The Latin Business Index measures the business environment in 18 Lat-Am countries through five key categories and 27 subcategories, which include Macro Environment, Corporate and Political Environment, Competitiveness and Technology Level.

    “This classification schema is in line with the current indicators of each nation,” the Executive Director of Latin Business Chronicle Joachim Bamrud said.

    According to this website, Peru will probably show the higher economic growth in Latin America (7.5%) and the lower inflation rate (2.7%).

    The Latin Business Chronicle, belonging to Latin Trade group, is a specialized site in Lat-Am businesses.

    Costa Rica and Peru Finalize Free-Trade Talks

    By Adam Williams

    Costa Rica and Peru verbally agree to become trading partners after 8 months of negotiations. If all goes as planned, Costa Rica and Peru will be free-trade partners by the end of the month.

    Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González and members of the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) met with Peruvian Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Eduardo Ferreyros and members of the Peruvian Trade Chamber to finalize the details of a free-trade agreement between the two countries. Free-trade negotiations between the two Latin American nations began in September, 2010.

    The finalization of the free-trade agreement followed a trade mission between small- and medium-sized businesses from the two countries last week. During the fair, which included 15 national businesses and 75 from Peru, Costa Rican exporters promoted products that would be included in the free-trade agreement, such as beans, heart of palm, rice, chocolate, computer software, construction materials and many more food and miscellaneous products.

    “These commercial missions open concrete opportunities for the Costa Rican export sector,” said the Jorge Sequeira, the general manager of Procomer. “It gives us the opportunity to explore first hand the needs of the local economy, make contacts and better identify areas to be able to internationalize our products to larger markets.”

    From 2000-2010, trade between Costa Rica and Peru, a nation of 30 million people, grew at an annual rate of 8.7 percent. However, after six years of growth in export sales from Costa Rica to Peru, in 2010, exports to the South American country fell from $34.9 million to $12.9 million, a 63 percent decrease. In 2010, imports from Peru hit an all-time high of $35.3 million, creating a lopsided trade deficit of $22.5 million for Costa Rica.

    Despite the benefits of the free-trade agreement touted by Procomer and the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX), Marco Cercone, the President of the Food Industry Chamber (CACIA) voiced concern with the pact. The Peru free-trade agreement is the third pact that Costa Rica currently has pending. The other agreements are with China and the European Union.

    “We are an open sector and there will always be interest in the food industry to export our products to all the country of the world,” said Cercone. “However, the big worry of the chamber is that free-trade depends on the conditions of competitiveness to remain sustainable. These agreements don’t permit our producers much flexibility if conditions suffer.”

    According to the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX), tariffs on 80 percent of the products imported and exported between the two countries will be reduced during the next few weeks. González said she hopes the free-trade agreement will be signed by the end of the month.

    Peru signs FTA with Mexico in its 10th International Trade Pact

    by Sophie Kevany, Dow Jones Newswires

    LIMA — Peru signed a free-trade agreement with Mexico on Wednesday, its 10th international commercial pact.

    At a televised ceremony, Peru’s president, Alan Garcia, said it was an important day for Peru, guaranteeing a trade “flow” that would boost social development and economic growth.

    Garcia said trade between Peru and Mexico was worth $413 million in 2010. The latest figures from Peru’s trade ministry show Peru’s exports to Mexico totaled $242 million in 2009, its 19th most important trade partner that year.

    Trade Minister Eduardo Ferreyros also said he was “very happy” with the signing, which took five years of work and should take effect in July. He said the pact is expected to boost trade between the countries by close to 40%.

    “This agreement will bring important benefits primarily for small and medium companies. Mexico is relatively close, has similar customs and language and enormous trade potential,” said Ferreyros.

    The most sensitive trade area during negotiations, said Ferreyros, was the agricultural sector. He said the final accord was built around seasonal trading solutions allowing lower tariffs for farm exports at certain times of the year when production was high in one country and low in the other.

    Peru has trade agreements with a number of nations including the U.S. and China. A trade pact with Japan is also due to take effect in July, while another one with Europe should be ready in the first half of 2012.

    Peru is a leading producer of silver, copper and fishmeal, as well as a number of other mining and agricultural sector products.

    Colorado should be More Aggressive about Recruiting Overseas

    by Gil Cisneros
    Denver Business Journal

    To paraphrase Mark Twain’s lament about the weather: Everyone in Colorado talks about international trade, but very few do anything about it.

    Does that mean there’s no interest in the subject? That small- to medium-size companies have all the business they can handle right at home?

    Of course not. As a matter of fact, the reverse is true.

    That’s why I think our leaders and legislators need to become more aggressive in recruiting business to Colorado — especially overseas.

    The point was brought home to me after the recent Chamber of the America’s Women in International Trade conference. Judging by the number of women who attended, there’s significant need for information that enables business people to widen their perspective beyond domestic shores to opportunities in foreign markets.

    We need leaders and lawmakers who understand that international trade ultimately will create the jobs we all want. Unfortunately, there’s an enthusiasm gap in these quarters; we extend invitations to chamber events, but rarely do any lawmakers show up.

    It’s important to recognize that we live in a flyover state, and from up high, we’re just another expanse of land with nothing that shouts BUSINESS.

    Colorado simply isn’t on the radar of many foreign operations. When people from Latin America scout business opportunities in the United States, they look at Houston and Miami; few seriously consider Colorado.

    We’ve been making some progress, but we have a long way to go, starting with a commitment from our leaders to make international trade happen.

    At both the Colorado International Trade Office and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED), there has to be less staff turnover and more stability, so that clients seeking guidance have the comfort of dealing with the same person each time they visit.

    Yes, we have budget problems, but I don’t remember a time in history when we didn’t, when money was overflowing.

    About five years ago, MOED had offices in London and Shanghai. These have been shut down, and I’m guessing it’s because they didn’t produce big numbers in the short term.

    Typically, there is a long lead time involved in converting a prospect to a client.

    But what these offices did consistently was keep the focus on Denver and Colorado — and that, as they say, was priceless.

    As a result of cutbacks through the years, international trade is the baby that’s been thrown out with the bath water; it’s simply not the priority it needs to be, particularly when dealing with Latin America.

    If we can recruit businesses from other states, we can certainly begin to recruit in other areas of the world.

    The question we need to answer is: Are we going to move forward and do what it takes to claim the title of “international city and state,” or are we going to give up trying and lose out on the economic advantages that international trade brings.

    San Diego’s Borders are Abundant with Commerce, not Crime

    by Ruben Barrales
    Ruben Barrales is president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Southwest Border Task Force and Community Resilience Task Force. Barrales previously served in the White House as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, where he worked as the president’s liaison to state and local elected officials.

    San Diego is home to one of the most vibrant economies in the country and part of what makes our region so prosperous is its proximity to the Mexican border. Yet this is not what people outside the region often hear about. Instead, they hear tales of drug cartel kidnapping, robbery and other crimes.

    Disparaging, hyperbolic rhetoric on border security and safety in the region must stop. It is not only inaccurate; it’s damaging the economic well being of San Diego and every other Southwestern town that borders Mexico.

    Despite near-daily inflammatory reports, the American side of our southern border is actually quite safe, and cross-border trade and commerce provides a huge economic impact for our region.

    For example, crime rates in San Diego continue to plummet each year. In 2010, the city’s crime rate was the lowest it has been since 1963. According to FBI data, in 2009, the city had the third-lowest crime rate among cities with populations larger than 500,000, behind only Honolulu and San Jose.

    Unfortunately, these are not the statistics we read in the newspaper or hear on television. People across the county are inundated with misleading information about how dangerous it is to live, work and travel in our region.

    San Diego’s tourism industry is the third-largest segment of its economy, with more than 26 million visitors to the county bringing more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. Hospitality industries continue to prosper as the city regularly ranks as a top destination for U.S. and international travelers.

    Yet tourists from around the country and internationally fearful about visiting our region, due to media reports from across the border. This idea is ridiculous.

    In truth, unprecedented government investment in security has given San Diego the opportunity to take advantage of all of the economic benefits of being close to Mexico, one of the city’s largest trade partners. The region’s two dynamic ports of entry to Mexico — which includes the busiest land border crossing in the world, San Ysidro — provide real incentives for businesses and job growth in San Diego.

    For example, the positive economic impact of the proposed new port of entry at Otay Mesa East is estimated to exceed $31.6 billion during the first 10 years of operation. These positive impacts are projected to be geographically concentrated in San Diego and Los Angeles counties. Some industries expected to benefit the most from the new port are electronics at $19.7 billion, machinery at $4.2 billion, precision instruments at $1.8 billion and manufacturing at $1.25 billion.

    As these statistics show, our border is first and foremost a place of trade, commerce and job creation, which makes our city, region, state and country better. Disparaging rhetoric to the contrary is untrue and it’s hurting our region every day.

    We need to project a more fair and balanced representation of what’s happening at our borders and the benefits our proximity to Mexico affords our communities. It’s up to each individual, business leader and government official to combat the words of critics by speaking just as emphatically about the positive impact these ports of entry provide to San Diego.

    Mexico Border is an Asset for the U.S., Ambassador Says

    by Trevor Williams

    Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, wants to cut through the clamor.

    Photo Courtesy Mexican Embassy
    From left: City Councilman Kwanza Hall and Martin Luther King III look on as Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan speaks at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Despite frequent news reports of drug-related violence and the often-inflammatory debate surrounding the issue of illegal immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border is an asset that has boosted prosperity in both countries, he told GlobalAtlanta.

    The ambassador visited Atlanta in early February to meet with government officials and speak with local business leaders and representatives from the Mexican-American community.

    A month after his visit, the Georgia House of Representatives passed a House Bill 87, requiring most companies to verify the immigration status of their employees and authorizing police to check the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally.

    On March 14, the State Senate passed a similar bill, Senate Bill 40, setting up a reconciliation process before a final measure can be sent to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

    In a wide-ranging e-mail interview with GlobalAtlanta, Mr. Sarukhan highlighted the vibrant commercial ties between the two countries and called for “cool-headed” debate on immigration. He addressed misconceptions about the issue and said no solution could be reached without a collaborative, “holistic” and bipartisan approach on both sides of the border.

    Mexico is working to boost its global competitiveness and create more jobs for its people, but comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. is the “best way” to improve border security, he said.

    Legislative sponsors of the Arizona-style bills say that illegal immigrants – numbering about 425,000 in Georgia, according to the Pew Hispanic Center – put an undue burden on taxpayers. Critics say the bills are a sign of xenophobia and simply add another hurdle for small businesses while doing nothing to fix the immigration problem.

    When the economy slumped in the U.S. in the 2009-10, illegal immigration dropped, showing that immigrants come to work, not to game the system, Mr. Sarukhan said.

    “Unlike some pundits that falsely propose that immigrants come to the U.S. to take jobs and benefits, it has been proven over and over again that they give way more to the system than what they take, and that they come to this country to work,” he said.

    Mr. Sarukhan also noted that the U.S. and Mexico have been working together on efforts to ensure the free flow of people and goods. In 2010, a new bridge and two new ports of entry opened linking Mexico with Texas and Arizona. Programs that pre-screen travelers and goods are also being explored.

    The ambassador used trade statistics to illustrate the border’s vital role in commerce between the countries, particularly since NAFTA entered into force in 1994.

    While Asia grabs headlines, Mexico quietly continues to bolster the U.S. economy. The second-largest export destination behind Canada, Mexico buys more American products than Japan and China combined, Mr. Sarukhan said.

    U.S. exports to Mexico grew by 27 percent in 2010 to $129 billion. That jump, about $31 billion, was three times more than the yearly increase expected if the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement comes into force.

    Even money flowing into Mexico helps the U.S., he added.

    “For every dollar that Mexico earns from exports, 50 cents are spent on American goods, in comparison with the 6 cents China spends buying back U.S. goods,” Mr. Sarukhan said.

    Though still a major problem, violence attributed to organized crime hasn’t hindered Mexico’s international partnerships, the ambassador said. Drug-related violence is mostly concentrated along the border, and 70 percent of homicides attributed to drug gangs occurred in seven out of 32 states.

    Mexico and the U.S. are working together to address the issue. Mexico has a five-pronged strategy that focuses on building capacity in local police forces and judicial systems. The U.S. side of the bargain is to stem the flow of illegal weapons and cash to Mexico while clamping down on the demand that ultimately fuels the drug trade.

    Mexico’s economy grew at 5.5 percent in 2010, while many others were struggling to recover from the 2009 recession. Trade between Mexico and Georgia stood at nearly $4.27 billion in 2009.

    During his visit, the ambassador met with Mayor Kasim Reed and laid a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. He also spoke to a luncheon audience of the Atlanta Council on International Relations.

    Time to Act on Free Trade

    Editorial, Washington Post

    The politics of free trade have never been easy for President Obama – and they appear to be getting harder. Mr. Obama wants congressional ratification of a tariff-slashing deal with South Korea, revising it recently to meet the objections of the U.S. auto industry and labor unions.

    House Republicans favor the agreement but won’t consider it unless the president submits it along with two others, with Colombia and Panama, about which the president has hesitated for two years and still has doubts. The GOP got a boost of sorts when a bipartisan group of 16 former U.S. trade representatives and experts on Latin America recently urged the president to accelerate the Colombia and Panama pacts. On Wednesday the Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, who supports voting on the Korea, Colombia and Panama deals together, warned the administration that its position is putting all three agreements at risk.

    With so much support for the agreements in both parties, why is the administration asking for more time? The substantive issues that the president has raised – Colombia’s purported indifference to labor rights, Panama’s status as a tax haven – were never as serious as he contended, and are well on their way to resolution. No one even tries to deny the economic benefits to American companies and workers of the two pacts, especially the one to open the much larger Colombian market. Indeed, it would enable U.S. exports to enter Colombia duty-free, as Colombian products have entered the United States for many years. Alas, in retaliation for Republicans’ refusal to extend trade-adjustment assistance, House Democrats have held up extension of long-standing duty-free access to U.S. markets for Colombia and other struggling Andean nations.

    Obviously, the White House’s hesitation has a lot to do with politics, especially organized labor’s doubts about any legislation with “free trade” in the title. But public doubts about free trade extend well beyond the unions. There is, as the administration protests, value in going the extra mile to get maximum support before finalizing the deals. Mr. Obama did that with the Korea pact, and its prospects in Congress are stronger for it. The problem is that no one quite knows what Mr. Obama’s bottom line is, or might be. Colombia could improve on human rights, but it seems strange for the United States to demand perfection when other democratic societies such as the European Union and Canada have recently negotiated free trade with Colombia.

    Both sides deserve blame for the politics of Korea, Colombia and Panama spilling over onto other matters. The potential for a trade policy train wreck is real. Everyone needs to focus less on the political tit for tat and more on the policy case for getting these deals done as soon as possible, which is clear and strong. “It is time to identify the specific steps Colombia and Panama must take to move forward,” Mr. Baucus said Wednesday, “so we can finally approve our free-trade agreements with these countries, increase U.S. exports and create jobs here at home.” From a Democrat, that can hardly be considered unfriendly advice, and Mr. Obama would be wise to take it.

    Is Mexico Safer than the U.S.?

    by Patrick Osio

    Here comes Easter break again and young people will be young people; high school and college kids will travel to distant places where the drinking age is either less than it is in the U.S. or where authorities don’t care to enforce minors’ drinking laws. For several decades Mexico has been one such place of choice where the legal drinking age is 18. Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun were the “fly-to” favorite places and Rosarito Beach and Ensenada the favorite “drive-to” places from Southern California. But not this year, or for that matter neither was it last year.

    Our government and the U.S. media have convinced most Americans that Mexico is not a safe place to visit as drug traffickers are fighting it out to see which gang will have the right to sell their illicit drugs to the very group that will not be visiting Mexico. They will have to wait until they return from Easter break to get their Mexican smuggled drugs at home.

    But what really struck me was that the preferred country to visit this Easter break in lieu of Mexico is the Dominican Republic. It struck me because Dominica is rated as the number one country with the highest propensity for crime in the world. According to facts gathered by, their total crime per 1,000 residents (per capita) is 113.822 –Compared to the U.S. that is 8th in the world in total crimes at 80.0645 per 1000 residents, making chances of being a victim of a crime in Dominica better than 10%, and slightly less than an 8% chance of being a victim in the U.S.

    But here is the real clunker: Mexico, the country our government tells us not to visit and the media has a field day reporting any crime be it significant or not to further put the fear of God into staying away from there – well, it ranks 39th in total crime in the world with a per capita of slightly less than 13 crimes per 1000 residents that is a 1.3% chance of being a victim of crime in Mexico.

    So Mexico is out, Dominica is in, yet the chances of being a crime victim there is greater than in the U.S. and the chances of being a crime victim in the U.S. is greater than in Mexico. But, for our own safety we need to stay out of Mexico.

    Have you ever felt like you’re being duped but you can’t quite put your finger on why; what’s the motive? Is it to keep us from facing some bitter truths? We keep reading how crime is down, how safe we are compared to most other parts of the world. But is it true?

    So here are some multiple choice questions for you:
    1. Which country has a higher crime rate per 1,000 residents?
    Mexico, b. Germany, c. Canada, d. U.S.

    2. Which country has the highest murders with firearms?
    Mexico, b. El Salvador, c. U.S.

    3. Of the following countries, which has the least number of drug offenses?
    a. Germany, b. United Kingdom, c. Canada, d. Switzerland, e. Mexico

    4. Which country has the most prisoners?
    a. United States, b. China, c. Russia, d. India, e. Mexico
    (Answers: 1. d. U.S., 2. c. U.S., 3. e. Mexico, 4. a. U.S.)

    In one of the only bright spots due to its recent gang related murders, Mexico, on a per capita, ranks as more dangerous than the U.S. occupying No. 24 and Mexico No. 6 in the world, but in total number of murders the U.S. is No. 5 and Mexico No. 6.

    In fact, much of the crime data per capita 1000 population suggests that in many respects Mexico is safer than the U.S.: in assaults the U.S. ranks No. 6, Mexico No. 20; burglaries the U.S. No. 17, Mexico No. 34; car thefts U.S. No. 9, Mexico No. 22; fraud U.S. No. 18, Mexico No. 29; Rape (Canada No.5), U.S. No. 9, Mexico No. 17.

    No doubt that, at the expense of Mexico, we are being duped. Is it to hide our insatiable appetite for illicit drugs and cheap labor, and so by pointing the finger of guilt to the biggest supplier of both we exculpate our actions or, at minimum, pacify our own guilt?

    Maybe it’s time for “the home of the free, and land of the brave” to take note.

    Patrick Osio is Editor of He can be reached at:

    Mexico Remains Attractive to Investors


    Despite problems such as violence and unemployment, Mexico remains an attractive country to receive foreign investments in 2011 said KPMG consulting and the financial group Credit Suisse.

    Mexico’s progress in indicators of institutions like the World Bank, and good macroeconomic numbers, make that decision makers have Mexico in mind when searching for a destination to invest their money, said KPMG.

    Mexico has for powerful factors in favor: the proximity to the world’s largest economy and a market with 112 million inhabitants.

    The consulting noted that while in the last 3 administrations many jobs were lost, these jobs are recovering and the productive plant remains.

    It also said that, according to data from the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), in the first 9 months of 2010 exports of goods amounted to $75,545 billion dollars, representing an increase of 29.1% over 2009.

    Credit Suisse added that demographic advantage that in the country there will be improvement in macroeconomic conditions in the medium and long term, opening the opportunity for strong growth from new investors.

    For the institution, the fact that most of the inhabitants are under 35 years, means that eventually in 5, 10, or 15 years will be developed and will achieve a greater degree of economic autonomy that encourages investment.

    “While Mexico continues developing its economic structures as it has done and impulse reform to enhance the development of the country will have in the medium term a high presence with investors of medium and high purchasing power,” the company revealed in a study.

    In this situation, Credit Suisse concluded, in the next 10 years will begin to see a larger and more sophisticated market where people, between 35 and 50 will seek to invest.

    Canadian Businesses Continue to Invest in Mexico

    Embassy of Mexico in Canada

    ·   With a figure surpassing US$9 billion, Canada ranked 4th in 2010 in terms of the country with the greatest accumulated investment in Mexico.

    ·   The Canadian mining company Gold Corp headed the list of investors in Mexico last year, with approximately US$1.5 billion ventured.

    ·   To boost competitiveness and productivity in Mexico, in 2010 alone a total of 14,000 regulations, rules, agreements and circulars were eliminated.

    In 2010 Mexico ranked as the world’s 6th top destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), coming in ahead of countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). By the close of the year, the total FDI received in Mexico had reached a whopping US$19 billion.

    In the period from January 2000 to September 2010, accumulated Canadian FDI in Mexico registered US$9.185 billion, positioning Canada as our country’s fourth top investor. This investment confidence translates to 2,563 companies with Canadian shares operating in Mexico, and confirms our country’s standing as one of the most attractive destinations for investment around the globe.

    The Canadian mining company Gold Corp headed the list of investors in Mexico last year, with approximately US$1.5 billion ventured. Its Peñasquito mining project in Zacatecas, which began in 2007, was completed last year.

    On October 21, 2010 in the state of Querétaro, Bombardier inaugurated the plant where the company will build its executive aircraft Learjet 85, representing an investment of US$250 million. In total the company has announced US$450 million of additional investments in Mexico.

    In fact, in the past five years the aerospace industry — comprising around 200 companies employing 30,000 Mexicans — has recorded an average annual growth of 20 percent, situating Mexico as the country with the greatest investment growth in this sector worldwide.

    In the automotive industry, auto part maker Magna International Company announced this past January 27 that it will invest over $100 million to build a new automotive stamping plant in the state of San Luis Potosí, raising Magna’s total number of Mexican plants to 31 in the 18 years since it first settled in our country.

    Other automotive industry news is that Martinrea Internacional Inc., with five plants in Mexico, confirmed last May that it plans to open two more. “We will likely double our operations in Mexico in the next five years. We see Mexico as one of our highest growth areas,” stated Executive Director Rob Wildeboer to President Felipe Calderón during the President’s Official Visit to Canada, on May 27, 2010.

    To boost competitiveness and productivity in the country, in 2010 alone a total of 14,000 regulations, rules, agreements and circulars were eliminated, a move that has greatly facilitated economic activity. In addition, the Internet portal was created, which reduces to 9 (on average) the number of days required to complete the Federal Government procedures involved in opening a new business.

    Official: U.S. Hoping to Ratify Colombia Free Trade

    by Gisela Saloman
    Associated Press

    MIAMI – A State Department official says the Obama administration is committed to getting the Colombia Free Trade Agreement ratified by Congress.

    Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez spoke Thursday at a Miami conference co-hosted by business groups and the University of Miami.

    Colombia and the U.S. signed the agreement in 2006, but it has been blocked by opponents in Congress. Human rights advocates and labor groups say Colombia must do more to protect workers’ rights before the treaty is approved.

    Supporters of the agreement say Colombia has been a strong ally of the U.S. and should be rewarded for its loyalty and its fight against drug traffickers.

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    20 U.S. Companies explore Investment Opportunities in Peru, Ecuador

    Lima, Feb. 01 (ANDINA). Representatives from 20 U.S. companies are exploring investment opportunities in Peru and Ecuador, said USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse.

    Entrepreneurs from the United States, Peru and Ecuador will meet to evaluate the sectors with the greatest potential in the framework of the Agribusiness Trade and Investment Mission which will last until February 2.

    “The group will meet with 150 Peruvian and Ecuadorian entrepreneurs from several sectors such as the agricultural and the food industry,” he said.

    Scuse further noted that the mission represents the commitment of Barack Obama’s administration to contribute with the development of the region.

    “Our relation with Peru is as strong as possible. We have doubled the exports since the coming into effect of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA),” Scuse stated.

    Mexico’s Economy picks up Pace in November

    MEXICO CITY Jan 27 (Reuters) – Mexico’s economic growth picked up the pace in November, helped by a solid manufacturing sector and a jump in agricultural production.

    Economic activity MXIGAE=ECI rose 0.68 percent from October, the national statistics institute said on Thursday and was 5.83 percent MXIGDP=ECI up on a year earlier, beating analyst’s expectations.

    Surprisingly strong growth late last year in the United States, Mexico’s main trading partner, lifted local manufacturing. The finance minister said this week the economy could grow as much as 5 percent this year. [ID:nLDE70O1KC]

    Analysts surveyed by Reuters expected a 3.95 percent increase in economic activity year on year. (Reporting by Luis Rojas and Michael O’Boyle; Editing by Theodore d’Afflisio)

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    Peruvian SMEs to be Part of 23 Business Fairs and Roundtables

    Lima, (ANDINA). Peruvian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which seek to conquer the European Union will have the opportunity to be part of 23 business fairs and roundtables in Peru and abroad, Peru’s Exporters’ Association (ADEX) reported Tuesday.

    The manager of the Committee on Small Business of the Peruvian Association of Exporters (Pymeadex), Roberto Molero said that the neighboring countries are natural markets for the SMEs, but they are making the first steps to bring them closer to the European Union.

    Woman in Peruvian Market
    Diversidad de frutas son presentadas en la Feria Internacional Expoalimentaria que se inauguró hoy,en el Cuartel General del Ejército. Foto: ANDINA/Jorge Paz

    Molero noted that they will promote the participation of the SMEs dedicated to handicrafts and jewelery in the fairs Iberjoya, Intergift, and Bijoutex which will be held in Madrid (Spain) in September.

    Furthermore, they will also visit the Jewelry Industry’s Premier Event – JCK Show to be held in the city of Las Vegas in the United Stated. This was made possible thanks to a joint work made by Pymeadex and Peru’s Export and Tourism Promotion Board (Promperu).

    The schedule includes other missions to the United States to be part of the Children’s Club in New York to be held from March 6 to 8 and the Hannover and Resale fairs in Germany for the metal mechanic and manufacturing sectors. They will also visit the Colombiamoda Fair from June 27 to 29. This mission will be organized by Pymeadex and Promperu.

    The most important fair is without doubt the Expoalimentaria fair organized by Adex, which will have the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises from the food sector (agricultural and fishing), noted Molero.

    COTA Member: New Continental Airlines Los Angeles – Guadalajara Nonstop Service.

    New Continental Airlines Route: Los Angeles (LAX) – Guadalajara (GDL)
    Equipment: Boeing 737-800
    Capacity: 16First Class 144 Economy
    Frequency: Daily
    Service Effective: May 3, 2011 Subject to Mexican Government Approval
    Flight Times: Los Angeles – Guadalajara
    CO672 LAX Depart 8:20a GDL Arrive 1:15p Daily
    Guadalajara – Los Angeles
    CO673 GDL Depart 2:10p LAX Arrive 3:30p Daily

    Service Notes of Interest
    Continental currently serves GDL from Houston with up to six daily flights (735/ERJ).
    Continental serves 30 destinations in Mexico from the US- more than any other carrier.
    GDL will be the 8th destination for CO from LAX (BJX, CLE, EWR, HNL, IAH, ITO, OGG), in addition United’s hub operation.
    Continental operates from Terminal 1A at Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport and terminal 6 at LAX

    Guadalajara is the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and is the second largest municipality in Mexico after Mexico City (and the 10th largest in Latin America). Manufacturing, textiles, and information technology are the primary industries in Guadalajara. Guadalajara has been rated as the third most business friendly city in North America. Downtown Guadalajara is an excellent place to find colonial and Mexican architecture, including numerous plazas and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

    Guadalajara is the site of 2011 Pan American Games. Since winning the bid to host the Games, the city has been undergoing extensive renovations. The games expect more than 5,000 athletes from approximately 42 countries from the Americas and the Caribbean. The center of the city is repaving and creating streets as well as constructing new hotels for the approximately 22,000 rooms that will be needed by 2011. The new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Macrobús, was launched in March and runs along Avenida Independencia. Eleven new sporting facilities are being created for the event. Other work includes a second terminal in the airport, a highway to Puerto Vallarta and a bypass for the southern part of the city.

    Guadalajara enjoys a temperature range between 52 and 79 degrees F.


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    COTA Member: Las Noticias de Hispanidad

    First Quarter, 2011

    It’s that time of the year again – be sure to check out the article “Marketing Trends for 2011” for details what smart marketers need to
    consider as they execute their plans.

    And speaking of 2011 marketing plans, the biggest adjustment marketers will need to make in the coming year is to understand that the familiar
    three-part Hispanic acculturation model – Unacculturated, Partially
    Acculturated, Acculturated – is changing.

    Although this model will continue to be valid, the differences between the three segments will increase, particularly with regard to media preferences. Moreover, the burgeoning segment of young, U.S.-born Hispanics (in less than
    10 years, 62% of all teens will be Hispanic) will only exacerbate the differences that exist between the various segments.

    Profile: Bolivia’s President Evo Morales

    When Evo Morales was elected Bolivia’s president in December 2005, it represented a radical change in the country’s history. Mr. Morales, an Aymara Indian, became the first president to come from the country’s indigenous majority.

    As a leader of a coca-growers union, he was also the first president to emerge from the social movements whose protests forced Bolivia’s two previous presidents from office.

    Mr. Morales was elected on a promise to govern in favor of Bolivia’s indigenous majority, who had suffered centuries of marginalization and discrimination.

    An avowed socialist, his political ideology combines standard left-wing ideas with an emphasis on traditional Andean values and social organization.

    A few months after taking office, he moved to put Bolivia’s rich gas fields under state control, worrying foreign investors.

    He also pushed for constitutional reform. Amid protests and disputes, he won a victory in a referendum in August 2008 on whether he should stay in office, and then a few months later a referendum approved his plans for a new constitution.

    It came into force in February 2009 setting out the rights of the indigenous majority, granting more regional and local autonomy and redefining Bolivia as a “multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural” nation.

    It also set out moves for large-scale land reform, enshrined state control over key natural resources, and paved the way for Mr. Morales to seek re-election.

    Mr. Morales’ left-wing policies have worried and in some cases antagonized many middle-class Bolivians who believe he is too radical.
    “I am a coca grower. I cultivate coca leaf, which is a natural product; I do not refine [it into] cocaine.” – Evo Morales

    His political base is among the indigenous population of Bolivia’s western highlands, while opposition has been concentrated in the wealthy eastern lowland province of Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s economic powerhouse.

    Regional leaders there led a campaign for greater autonomy, arguing that Mr. Morales’s socialist policies were damaging the economy and threatening private property.

    In December 2009, Evo Morales was re-elected president with 64% of the vote, easily defeating his conservative opponent and gaining ground even in the opposition stronghold of Santa Cruz.

    He promised to increase the role of the state in the economy and accelerate the pace of change.

    In 2010 he nationalized energy-generating firms and reformed pensions, taking over private funds and extending the state pension to millions of poor Bolivians.

    At the end of the year he faced his first major political setback when he tried to end government fuel subsidies, pushing the price of petrol up by more than 70%.

    Violent protests erupted and trades unions announced strikes, leading Mr Morales to back down.

    Since coming to power, Evo Morales has forged close links with other left-wing Latin American leaders, particularly Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel and Raul Castro in Cuba.

    Relations with the U.S. have been strained. In 2008 he expelled the U.S. ambassador, Philip Goldberg, accusing him of conspiring against his government, and suspended operations of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in Bolivia.

    Like Mr. Chavez, he is an outspoken critic of what he sees as US “imperialism” in Latin America, and has cultivated ties with other foes of the U.S., such as Iran.

    He has also taken on an outspoken role in international climate negotiations, arguing from an indigenous perspective for greater respect for “Mother Earth.”

    Although Mr. Morales’ electoral triumph in 2005 catapulted him to international recognition, he had long been a controversial figure in Bolivian politics.

    As the leader of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) he played a central role in the violent demonstrations demanding the nationalization of the energy sector that led to the resignation of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in October 2003.

    His power base is in the coca-growing areas of central Bolivia and he remains the head of the biggest coca-growing union.

    Critics have long accused him of ties to drug trafficking because of his defense of coca cultivation. But he and his supporters stress the coca leaf is an intrinsic part of indigenous Andean culture, and not just the raw material for cocaine.

    Mr. Morales, who in his youth was a llama herder and trumpet player in a band, played a leading role in the indigenous struggle and the conflicts between coca farmers and U.S.-backed drug eradication programs.

    Richardson Lands New Job in Washington, D.C.

    SANTA FE, NM – Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has a new job as the special envoy for the Organization of American States.

    The OAS secretary announced the appointment Tuesday in Washington, D.C. after a meeting with Richardson.

    Richardson held a similar post in 2006, but left it after launching a presidential bid in 2007.

    The former two-term governor will focus on immigration and economic development.

    Peru’s Service Exports likely to Grow 25% by the End of 2011

    Lima – Peru’s service exports would increase at least 25 percent totaling US$5.12 billion by the end of 2011 boosted by a law aimed at promoting their trade, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry said Tuesday.

    “The impact of this new law in favor of services exports will be very positive, and the growth of that sector will depend on the investments attracted. But this year, it would rise at least 25 percent,” Minister Eduardo Ferreyros said.

    The law was enacted in late 2010 by President Alan Garcia, and thanks to this regulation the third generation of Peru’s export offer to the world began.

    In 2010 non-traditional exports exceeded US$ 7 billion, that is, Peru’s total exports in 2001.

    Ferreyros stressed that the export of non-traditional products is generating a significant amount of jobs for thousands of Peruvians across the country.

    U.S. Ambassador to Peru says Priorities are Trade, Fighting Narco-trafficking

    Living in Peru (blog)

    Many U.S. companies are already here, and the ones that aren’t here want to come here. It’s a hot moment, and Peru is perfectly positioned to take advantage …

    By Nathan Paluck
    Rose M. Likins officially began as new U.S. Ambassador to Peru on Sept. 30. “It’s really exciting,” she said in a recent interview with “I don’t think there’s been a better moment to arrive in Peru and be the U.S. Ambassador in Peru.”

    Her time in the U.S. Foreign Service has focused on Latin America. From 2000-2003 she was ambassador to El Salvador, and other posts abroad include Paraguay, Mexico and Bulgaria. Born into the Air Force, where both parents served, her two brothers also served in the military and her son, 23, is beginning a second tour of Afghanistan as a marine.

    “Peru seems to be receiving attention like never before, in the U.S. also. Our tourism numbers are phenomenal. Three hundred and seventy thousand Americans a year are visiting Peru. That’s more than 1,000 a day. That’s just Americans — it’s not counting the rest of the world. As I say to people, Peru is very in fashion in the U.S. now, for good reasons: great cultural resources that people want to come and see, everything from Machu Picchu to the Amazons and ecotourism. And obviously the business environment. Many U.S. companies are already here, and the ones that aren’t here want to come here. It’s a hot moment, and Peru is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the attention and the spotlight.”

    You’ll be here for three years. Can you mention a few of the U.S.’s top priorities looking ahead?
    “The free trade agreement between Peru and the United States is an important foundational piece for our relationship. It’s been good so far for both countries. Trade is up in both directions: Americans are selling more to Peru and Peru is selling more to the United States. That makes us Peru’s number one trade partner, so that’s an important relationship for us. Implementation of the free trade agreement is going to continue to be very important to both sides. I will spend a lot of my time and energy, and the Embassy, to help make that treaty successful. It has a lot of moving parts, from the fulfillment of the environmental provisions of the accord, the labor provisions. But also protection of intellectual property. Those are vital things for our country.

    The fight against narcotics trafficking is going to continue to be a high policy priority for the United States. Not just because it’s about an illegal activity, but because it is dangerous to Peru’s institutions. The corruption, the violence, the implications of a society with increasing abuse problems. As a friend of Peru, we don’t want to see those toxic affects that narcotics trafficking brings to a society.”

    Recently both the president of Peru and the foreign minister hinted at wanting more support [fighting narcotics trafficking]. Is that something you’ll be going through with them the next few years?
    “It’s a tough environment for everybody. Our counter-narcotics assistance this year [FY 2010] to Peru is $71 million and our overall assistance program for Peru is $160 million. Our embassy has prepared a great chart about where all that goes — it’s on the embassy website. Obviously, they are right to be concerned that the success we’ve had in Colombia has in fact pushed people who want to look at Peru as an alternative. I think the comments they made are a reflection of that concern. Because we have a terrific relationship, a great working relationship with the police, the military, the prosecutors. We have decades working on this problem together, and we have a strong relationship. I think the comments stem from their worry about a push from the trafficking organizations to find a new space in Peru. … We’d all like to have an infinite amount of resources, but that’s not the real world. And they recognize that. But we’ll continue to do the very best job we can.”

    U.S. Ambassador talks about Noche de Arte
    Ambassador says goodbye to Peru during Fourth of July celebration

    How often does the U.S. ambassador typically meet with the president of the host country?
    “Every country is different – as I just arrived here, I don’t really know. I’ve seen the president a few times. I had my courtesy call and we’ve been at other events together: the inauguration of the HONLEA conference and the ceremony for Admiral Grau in Callao.”

    Are there any plans for a visit from President Obama to Peru?
    “We’d certainly all love that, but there’s nothing on the calendar yet. President García was very nice to invite President Obama to come when President García was in Washington. … It would be fabulous; my experience with those kinds of visits is that whenever they happen, it does great things for the relationship. It is a driving event. Anything that is pending, a presidential visit is an action-producing event. For us professionals, it is a lot of work but also a time of results.”

    Does the U.S. has any official position in regards to the museum El Lugar de la Memoria, the museum proposed for the memory of the violent Shining Path years?
    “We don’t have an official position on the museum per se. I will say that in any society, remembering history, putting it in context and helping future generations be aware of what happened and the damage that can be done by extremism and violence — I think is important. So, I certainly support the concept. … In every society when you experience a trauma like that, it is important to give people a way to think about it, to have a frame of reference about it, to keep the facts in front of people for future generations.”

    U.S. Senate confirms Ambassador in Dominican Republic

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Raul H. Yzaguirre as United States Ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the Consulate of that nation said in a statement.

    Yzaguirre, who is currently a professor in Arizona State University, was also a senior executive of the Latino movement “La Raza,” among other posts.

    “As we work to bolster our relations in the global community and place our nation on the path to prosperity once again, I’m confident that these people will be able to represent our nation with dignity. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the next months and years,” President Barack Obama said during designation of Yzaguirre and his team.

    The designation fills the vacancy left by former U.S. Ambassador Hans Hertell more than two years ago.

    U.S. Ambassador to Peru says Priorities are Trade, Fighting Narco-trafficking

    from Living in Peru (blog) by Nathan Paluck

    Many U.S. companies are already here, and the ones that aren’t here want to come here. It’s a hot moment, and Peru is perfectly positioned to take advantage…

    Rose M. Likins officially began as new U.S. Ambassador to Peru on Sept. 30. “It’s really exciting,” she said in a recent interview with “I don’t think there’s been a better moment to arrive in Peru and be the U.S. Ambassador in Peru.”

    Her time in the U.S. Foreign Service has focused on Latin America. From 2000-2003 she was ambassador to El Salvador, and other posts abroad include Paraguay, Mexico and Bulgaria. Born into the Air Force, where both parents served, her two brothers also served in the military and her son, 23, is beginning a second tour of Afghanistan as a marine.

    “Peru seems to be receiving attention like never before, in the U.S. also. Our tourism numbers are phenomenal. Three hundred and seventy thousand Americans a year are visiting Peru. That’s more than 1,000 a day. That’s just Americans — it’s not counting the rest of the world. As I say to people, Peru is very in fashion in the U.S. now, for good reasons: great cultural resources that people want to come and see, everything from Machu Picchu to the Amazons and ecotourism. And obviously the business environment. Many U.S. companies are already here, and the ones that aren’t here want to come here. It’s a hot moment, and Peru is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the attention and the spotlight.”

    You’ll be here for three years. Can you mention a few of the U.S.’s top priorities looking ahead?
    “The free trade agreement between Peru and the United States is an important foundational piece for our relationship. It’s been good so far for both countries. Trade is up in both directions: Americans are selling more to Peru and Peru is selling more to the United States. That makes us Peru’s number one trade partner, so that’s an important relationship for us. Implementation of the free trade agreement is going to continue to be very important to both sides. I will spend a lot of my time and energy, and the Embassy, to help make that treaty successful. It has a lot of moving parts, from the fulfillment of the environmental provisions of the accord, the labor provisions. But also protection of intellectual property. Those are vital things for our country.

    The fight against narcotics trafficking is going to continue to be a high policy priority for the United States. Not just because it’s about an illegal activity, but because it is dangerous to Peru’s institutions. The corruption, the violence, the implications of a society with increasing abuse problems. As a friend of Peru, we don’t want to see those toxic affects that narcotics trafficking brings to a society.”

    Recently both the president of Peru and the foreign minister hinted at wanting more support [fighting narcotics trafficking]. Is that something you’ll be going through with them the next few years?
    “It’s a tough environment for everybody. Our counter-narcotics assistance this year [FY 2010] to Peru is $71 million and our overall assistance program for Peru is $160 million. Our embassy has prepared a great chart about where all that goes — it’s on the embassy website. Obviously, they are right to be concerned that the success we’ve had in Colombia has, in fact, pushed people who want to look at Peru as an alternative. I think the comments they made are a reflection of that concern. Because we have a terrific relationship, a great working relationship with the police, the military, the prosecutors. We have decades working on this problem together, and we have a strong relationship. I think the comments stem from their worry about a push from the trafficking organizations to find a new space in Peru. We’d all like to have an infinite amount of resources, but that’s not the real world. And they recognize that. But we’ll continue to do the very best job we can.”