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United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Concludes Trip to Mexico

February 09, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico - Today United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Ron Kirk and Deputy United States Trade Representative (DUSTR) Miriam Sapiro concluded their two-day visit to Mexico. Ambassadors Kirk and Sapiro met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and with Mexican Secretario de Economia Gerardo Ruiz Mateos to discuss the mutual importance to the U.S. and Mexican economies of using trade to create jobs and improve competitiveness. In an earlier meeting, the Ambassadors and Secretary Ruiz Mateos discussed topics including the North American Leaders Summit; bilateral trade issues such as transportation, tuna and intellectual property; the environment, and the Doha Round of world trade negotiations.

"Mexico is a very important trading partner to the United States. This trip was a wonderful opportunity for me to highlight the significance of the U.S.-Mexico trading relationship," said Ambassador Kirk. "Cross-border trade totals more than $1 billion a day and the U.S. and Mexico must work together to keep trade flowing. A strong trading relationship between the U.S. and Mexico will ensure economic growth for both countries for years to come."

While in Mexico City, Ambassadors Kirk and Sapiro also met with Mexican government officials and participated in a roundtable discussion with small and medium-sized business owners about the benefits of exporting to Mexico. They also talked to representatives from General Electric to learn more about GE's activities in the Mexican energy sector.

"I was very pleased to be making my first trip to Mexico as the DUSTR," said Ambassador Sapiro. "This was a chance to discuss the tremendous opportunities we have to deepen further our already strong commercial relationship."