A team of business executives and government officials led by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown will visit Mexico in the last week of July in a bid to create new businesses opportunities and partnerships for Californian businesses.
Brown, who recently visited China to bolster his state’s relationship with the world’s second largest economy, considers Mexico as California’s largest export market.
California has long been on a mission to reduce use of fossil fuels and protect the environment from further destruction. When he announced the visit during his 2014 State of the State address, the governor talked about the importance of getting Mexico to join the U.S. in reducing oil consumption.
“We started building those partnerships with other states and countries, like China, we’ll go to Mexico next because California can’t do it alone,” Brown said.
Brown will lead a delegation that will include representatives from business, government, economic development, investment and public policy, while the California Chamber of Commerce will organize the visit.
During the visit, the governor, who met with the Mexican Consul General last month, will focus on boosting direct investment, expanding bilateral economic and environmental cooperation and connecting California businesses with new opportunities and partnerships.
Mexico is becoming a favorite business destination for many US companies. For example, about 1,600 of 2,600 foreign companies operating in the Mexican city of Monterrey are American. Now there are also plans to build a high-speed railway line to facilitate bilateral trade between the two North American countries.