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Seventh Annual Building a Competitive U.S.- Mexico Border

Join the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance for our seventh annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference, which will focus on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico.

Date

Aug. 10 – 11, 2021
3:00pm – 5:00pm ET

Location

Online Only

Overview

Each year our border conference brings together policymakers, business leaders, and local elected officials for a dialogue that focuses on improving border management to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. This year's event will place specific emphasis on trade, travel and health as we consider how the border region will recover from the myriad impacts of COVID-19. 

Join the Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance for our seventh annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference on August 10 and 11, 2021. We will host afternoon sessions from 3:00-5:00pm ET featuring panel discussions with U.S. and Mexican public and private sector officials, all of whom will bring a sought-after perspective to the discussion on border management. 

Conference Agenda

  • 3:00pm – Welcome

    • Andrew I. Rudman, Director, Wilson Center Mexico Institute
    • Britton Mullen, President, BTA

    3:04pm - 3:30pm Keynote address

    • Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) 

    3:30pm - 4:00pm Manufacturing Panel

    • Kathy Neal, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Regal Beloit 
    • Luis Hernandez, President, INDEX 
    • Moderator: Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, and Vice President of Strategy & New New Initiatives, Wilson Center

    4:00pm - 4:55pm Strengthening cross-border communities: Lessons from COVID-19

    • The Hon. Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego 
    • The Hon.  Karla Ruiz, Mayor of Tijuana  (TBC)
    • Maria Julia Marinessen, Health Attaché, US Embassy, Mexico City and Acting Director, Border Health Commission
    • Moderator: Andrew I. Rudman, Director, Wilson Center Mexico Institute

    4:55pm- 5:00pm Closing

    • Duncan Wood, Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
  • 3:00 pm Welcome 

    3:02pm Recorded Remarks

    • Senator Mike Crapo (R – ID) 

    3:10pm – 3:45pm US-Canada Border Working Group – lessons for US-Mexico border

    • Christopher Sands, Director, Canada Institute
    • Additional speaker(s) TBD 

    3:35pm- 4:45pm Revitalizing the Cross-Border Economy 

    • Sergio Mendoza, Presidente, Desarrollo Económico, Chihuahua 
    • Hector Cerna, President and CEO, International Bank of Commerce, Eagle Pass, TX
    • Sergio Contreras, President and CEO, Rio Grande Valley Partnership & BTA Chairman
    • Jorge Goytortúa, CEO, Cross-Border Xpress, 
    • Moderator: Britton Mullen, President, BTA

    4:45 pm- 5:00 pm Closing Remarks

    • Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, Public Policy Fellow and co-chair, Mexico Institute Advisory Board, Wilson Center