6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Envisioning a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border

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Hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Mexico Institute,

and the Border Trade Alliance

In partnership with ProMéxico
and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos

With the participation of the Congressional Border Caucus

Thanks to our Sponsors: IBC Bank, Union Pacific, Duty Free Americas, and UETA, Inc.

Envisioning a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border


8:00 – 8:15 Registration / Coffee and pastries

8:15 – 8:25 Introduction, Duncan Wood, Director, Mexico Institute, and Jesse Hereford, Chairman, Border Trade Alliance

8:25 – 8:40 Welcoming Remarks, César Duarte Jáquez, Governor of Chihuahua

8:40 – 9:40 Creating a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border: The View from Congress

Rep. Filemon Vela, Co-Chair, Congressional Border Caucus

Dip. Luis Alfredo Murguía, Vice-President of Northern Border Affairs Committee, Mexican Chamber of Deputies

Moderator: Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President, Wilson Center

9:40 – 10:35 Infrastructure: Ports and Roads to Connect North America

Mexican Congressman Agustín Barrios Gómez, Foreign Relations Committee

Alex Hinojosa, Deputy Managing Director, North American Development Bank

Ivan Jaime, Public Affairs Director, Union Pacific

Moderator: Flavio A. Díaz Mirón Álvarez, Director for North America, ProMéxico

10:35 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:10 Keynote, Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

Opening Remarks: Congressman Filemon Vela

11:10 – 12:00 Energy: Crossborder Infrastructure, Crossborder Opportunities

Introduction: Congressman Pete Gallego (TX-23)

Bill Bojorquez, Vice President - Planning, Hunt Power

Gerardo Schwebel, Executive Vice President, IBC Bank

Fernando Alonso, Head of Government Affairs, FERMACA

Moderator: Duncan Wood, Director Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: Binational Cooperation for a Competitive Border and a Competitive Region

Opening Remarks: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Keynote Address: Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson

Sponsored by ProMéxico

1:10 – 2:10 Customs & Logistics: Strategies for Efficient Border Management

Charles Stallworth, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of International Affairs, US Customs and Border Protection

Jose Martin Garcia, Representative for the Mexican Treasury and Tax Administration Service in Washington, DC

Miguel Perez, Director for International Customer Logistics, Ryder Supply Chain Services

Moderator: Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

2:20 – 3:00 Addressing Criminal Violence: Lessons from Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana

Alejandra de la Vega, Coordinator, Mesa de Seguridad y Justicia de Ciudad Juárez

Carlos Castellanos, Observatorio Ciudadano de Seguridad Pública (OCSP) of Baja California

Moderator: Eric Olson, Associate Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

3:00 – 3:50 An Integrated Approach to Economic Growth and Border Security

Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator and Opening Remarks: Congressman Scott Peters

3:50 – 4:00 Concluding Remarks

Gildardo Gutierrez, President, Washington Chapter, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos

Noe Garcia, President, Border Trade Alliance

Christopher Wilson, Senior Associate, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center