Fifth Annual California-Mexico Advocacy Day at the State Capitol Focus to be on the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- Key Opportunities and Challenges

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, joined by the civic action group Cien Amigos, and the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California, today hosts its 5th installment of the annual California-Mexico Advocacy Day activities at the California State Capitol.

This year's theme is "Opportunities and Challenges-20 years after NAFTA".

Various policy events will occur beginning May 5th and ending May 8th.

"We are most proud to co-sponsor this year's California-Mexico Advocacy Day events. Cien Amigos is dedicated to building mutual prosperity between Mexico and California. These events at the State Capitol memorialize the crucial economic and cultural bonds between our State and Mexico. Governor Brown has announced he is leading a mission to Mexico this July which adds to the importance of this year's events," said Jim Gonzalez, Chair of Cien Amigos.

The program of events begins with a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation -State Capitol, May 5th, 3:30 p.m., Room 112.

After the hearing, the traditional reception at the Leland Stanford Mansion will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Senator Lou Correa will be recognized for his outstanding contributions as the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation.

On Tuesday, May 6th, at 12 p.m., the California Chambers of Commerce will then host a luncheon at the Esquire Plaza Building.  Guest speakers will outline the major opportunities and challenges of NAFTA.

Speakers include: Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Edward Taylor, Director of Rural Economies of the Americas Program at UC Davis; and Jaana Remes, representative of the McKinsey Global Institute.

"NAFTA has had a very positive impact on the economic relationship between Mexico and California, expanding the market for our goods, creating jobs and making our region more competitive in the global marketplace," said Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento. "Today, bilateral trade between Mexico and California is almost equal to the total exchanges between Mexico and the entire European Union."

On Wednesday May 7th at 5:30 p.m., the California Latino Caucus Institute will host an inaugural reception for the exhibit "Latina Women in Public Life in California 1850-2014" at the California Museum. Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, renowned author and historian, will speak on the power of Latina women who have been organizing for social causes in California since the 1860's.

On Thursday May 8th at 9 a.m. the California-Mexico Advocacy Day will end with the presentation of Senate Resolution 82 on the Senate Floor.  State Senator Ben Hueso's bill, commemorates the fourteen-year sister state relationship between Jalisco, Mexico and California.

The California-Mexico Advocacy Day (CMAD) is a joint effort between the Consulate of Mexico, the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Relations, and several NGO partners.

Past editions of CMAD have highlighted the following topics:

Border Crossing Facilitation & Disaster Coordination (2010)

Trade relations and job creation in California (2011)

Cooperation between Mexico and California against Global Warming (2012)

Strengthening California and Mexico Higher Education Partnerships (2013)

CONTACT: Jim Gonzalez 916 233 8526 jim.gonzalez@cien-amigos.org

Mariana Tyler, (916)-329-3501 mcarine@sre.gob.mx

SOURCE Cien Amigos



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