California Opens Trade and Services Desk in Mexico

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Contact: Michelle Reynolds

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Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Governor Gavin Newsom’s representative for International Affairs and Trade Development, announced today that California has established a Trade and Services Desk to promote two-way trade and further strengthen California’s deep economic, political and cultural relationship with Mexico. The desk will be utilized by California’s trade representative for the Americas to promote trade and investment by Californian and Mexican businesses, assist businesses looking to invest and / or export to and from the Americas, and support more robust two-way exchange in environmental protection, education and tourism — with the common goal of creating a sustained, strategic, and mutually-beneficial partnership. The Trade and Services Desk will be run by the State’s point of contact for economic development, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in partnership with the University of California’s Casa de la Universidad de California en México.

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis said, “Mexico and California share not only strong economic ties, but a 140-mile (225-kilometer) border and associated environmental, historical, and cultural ties. With the launch of this California-staffed trade program with Mexico, we will develop the capacity to facilitate investment in new capital and jobs in California, build on current trade relationships, optimize new collaborations on key issues, and encourage fair trade and open communication between California and countries across the Americas.”