We are pleased to have joined with The Center for American Progress (CAP) for this important discussion on U.S-Mexico economic relations.
Media coverage and popular opinion about the U.S.-Mexico border focuses on the sensational and the negative: illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violent crime, and most recently, the spate of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States.
Little attention is paid publicly to what is arguably a far more significant set of trends: the strengthening of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship into one that is driving growth, job-creation, and human development on both sides of the border. On the U.S. side of the border, Arizona, California, Texas are in the top 15 fastest growing economies among U.S. states. Mexico’s economy has developed rapidly with high growth, low unemployment, and a declining population growth rate typical of more developed economies.
Our high-level event will feature key leaders from the U.S. and Mexico to initiate a broad policy conversation aimed at building on this growing economic relationship – and the potential it offers for the future. We will explore trade, investment, energy, transportation, infrastructure, and a host of other issues central to the further development of this economic relationship – as well as the prospects for building a stronger political partnership based on shared values, shared interests, and shared prosperity.
Speakers will explore what it takes to deepen economic ties between the two countries, what progress has already been made, and how to leverage this relationship in years to come. In addition to high-level government and civil society speakers, researchers from Arizona State University will present a new economic model of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship, that offers a means of visualizing a wide range of potential policy choices.
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