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Special Events during February “Prosperity Month”

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, February 6, 2008 - “Prosperity is more than financial stability, good fortune or wealth. It is creating opportunities for citizens, working for a secure environment, providing full employment, and assisting those only marginally involved in the economic life of their country to participate fully. Both our nations share these goals. The prosperity of Mexico and the United States is linked through our people, our commerce, and our shared values. We must strive for prosperity together.

“February is ‘Prosperity Month’ and during this period the U.S. Embassy will be involved in a variety of activities to meet these goals on both sides of the border.”

Highlighted below are events taking place across Mexico:

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Seminar
Manzanillo, February 5-8

In response to President Calderon’s objective to combat organized crime and reduce IPR violations in Mexico, the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara are hosting this seminar for Mexican government officials. Participants will learn more about the practices that the U.S. utilizes in the identification, interdiction, detention and successful prosecution of IPR violators. For general inquiries, contact Lynn Roche at the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara at (33) 3268-2100.

Expo Vacaciones USA
Mexico City, February 11-13

The biggest travel and tourism show in Mexico, Expo Vacaciones promotes U.S. travel and tourism destinations and service companies in Mexico. The event is targeted at key travel and tourism wholesalers, travel agents, and travel journalists in Mexico, and provides the latest information on travel destinations in the United States. Click here for more information: www.expovacacionesusa2008.com.

Doing Business with the United States
Guadalajara, February 13

A conference for Mexican importers, hosted by the U.S. Consulate's Commercial Service in Guadalajara, will feature panels on the legal aspects of doing business with U.S. firms, as well as export logistics, and financing available to Mexican importers of U.S. goods. Click here for additional information: https://www.buyusa.gov/mexico/en/shows_fairs_events_mexico.html.

Program on Entrepreneurial Growth (PEG) Symposium
Toluca, February 25-26

A collaborative effort of the Kaufman Foundation, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, this symposium will bring together Mexican and U.S. entrepreneurs, educators and policy makers to discuss the promotion of entrepreneurship in Mexico. For further information, please contact: Manuel Manolo, Instituto para la Competitividad, (55) 5985-1018, www.imco.org.mx or Matt Englehart, U.S. Department of Commerce at matt.englehart@mail.doc.gov.

International Judicial Forum on Intellectual Property
Cancun, February 26-29

Representatives of Mexico’s judicial system, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property and the National Copyright Institute will hold an international judicial forum on intellectual property (IP) with support from the private sector and the U.S. Embassy. Participants will include judges, prosecutors, IP officials, and rightholder representatives from North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe and the World Intellectual Property Organization. High level panel discussions will focus on a broad range of topics, such as protecting IP on the Internet, pharmaceutical patents, border measures, and the application of international IP treaties. For general inquiries, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Office at (55) 5080-2253.

U.S. and Mexico: Building Partnerships in Infrastructure Conference
Mexico City, February 26-28

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the U.S. Commercial Service are sponsoring a conference to promote U.S.-Mexican business partnerships to implement the projects envisioned under President Calderon’s National Infrastructure Plan. Focusing on the transportation, energy and environmental infrastructure sectors, participants will include senior Mexican government representatives, Mexican project sponsors, financial institutions and leaders from the U.S. and Mexican business communities. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez will attend. For more information, please go to www.trademeetings.com.

Expo Comm Mexico 2008
Mexico City, February 26-29

The premier IT and telecommunications trade show in Latin America, Expo Comm Mexico 2008 will draw thousands of participants from Mexico and Central America. A USA Pavilion, hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service, will feature U.S. technology and services providers. To learn more about participating, please visit: http://www.expocomm.com/mexico/.

Agricultural Events in February

  • USDA officials will meet in early February to discuss increased access for horticultural products, particularly Mexican mangoes and avocados.
  • The week of February 4, the Foreign Agricultural Service will host a delegation from Indiana headed by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, who will meet with Mexican government officials and also visit grain, pork and dairy operations in the states of Mexico, Hidalgo and Veracruz.
  • The week of February 18, U.S. and Mexican government officials will have the first meeting of the new Livestock and Animal Products Working Group, and review progress in increasing two-way trade for animal products.
  • That same week, U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists will travel to Cancun to conduct research and eradication efforts with Mexican counterparts against the South American Cactus Moth.
  • At the end of February, a trade delegation from Kentucky will visit Mexico City and Monterrey, and private sector representatives from the Mexican food industry will attend the Boston Seafood Show.

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