|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2003
||Contact: Julie Cram
BUSH, FOX ADMINISTRATIONS LOOK TO FURTHER ECONOMIC
Two Countries Will Sponsor Entrepreneurial Workshop
Fulfilling the commitments made by U.S. President George W. Bush
and Mexican President Vicente Fox during their historic summit in
September 2001, the United States and Mexico will jointly sponsor
the 'Partnership for Prosperity' Entrepreneurial Workshop in San
Francisco June 9-10. This event will encourage U.S. and Mexican
private sector involvement in Mexico's economic future. U.S. Commerce
Secretary Don Evans and Mexico's Secretary of the Economy Fernando
Canales will host the conference, which will promote contact between
the U.S. and Mexican business communities.
Investors and business owners from both countries will meet with
university leaders, leading non-governmental organizations and government
experts to discuss investment and financing opportunities in Mexico.
There will also be an opportunity for networking among the Mexican
and U.S. private sector participants. Business sectors represented
will include information and environmental technology, housing finance
and construction, agribusiness and food processing, infrastructure,
and the automotive industry.
"As friends and neighbors, the United States and Mexico share
common values and enjoy a high level of trust and respect,"
stated Evans. "President Bush and President Fox have made it
a priority to build on that partnership to achieve increased prosperity,
greater economic cooperation, higher living standards, and a higher
level of security for both societies."
"The Partnership for Prosperity represents a strategic alliance
between Mexico and the United States to strengthen the competitiveness
of the North American region, and to broaden the scope of our relationship,"
said Canales. "The private sector must be the engine of this
initiative. Stronger binational links will foster economic integration,
growth and competitiveness."
The conference will include sector-specific panel sessions, where
participants will discuss assistance programs, priorities, and prevailing
conditions in key economic areas. Other panels will explore enterprise
financing; regulations, taxes and procedures required for doing
business in North America; and the enhancement of human capital
on economic development in Mexico.
Other senior U.S. government participants in the conference include
Grant Aldonas, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade,
and Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business
and Agricultural Affairs. Mexican government participants will include
Augustin Carstens, Deputy Secretary of Finance and Public Credit;
Lourdes Dieck, Under Secretary of Economic Relations and International
Cooperation; Angel Villalobos, Under Secretary of International
Trade Negotiations; and Eduardo Sojo, Chief Economic Advisor to
President Fox. Rosario Marin, Treasurer of the United States, will
moderate the conference. Also taking part are the private sector
U.S. Council on Competitiveness and its Mexican counterpart, the
Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.
Businesses interested in participating in the conference should
or call Bobby Peede at 703.684.0025 for registration