Global Business Breakfast: U.S. – Mexico Relations and USMCA

Amb. Martha Bárcena Coqui with Meridian CEO Amd. Stuart Holliday and members of Meridian's Corporate Council.
Left to right: Gina Adams, Corporate Vice President at FedEx; Tom Higgins, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at First Data; Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton; Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui of Mexico; The Honorable Fred P. Hochberg, Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday, President and CEO at Meridian International Center.

On March 21, 2019, FedEx and AT&T partnered with the Meridian Corporate Council to host a breakfast with Her Excellency Ambassador Martha Bárcena. Meridian’s President and CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holiday, facilitated a discussion with Ambassador Bárcena and Meridian Corporate Council members on the potential impact of USMCA and the importance of a thriving U.S. – Mexico relationship.

Ambassador Bárcena outlined the significant number of Mexican nationals living in the United States, emphasizing the added value of these immigrants to  the already interconnected fabrics woven between the two nations. Ambassador Bárcena acknowledged the many Mexican businesses operating in the U.S. and addressed how important a prosperous Mexican – U.S. relationship is for both economies, specifically nodding to NAFTA for helping increase trade among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by a total of $1.3 trillion dollars.

While discussing the newly proposed North American trade agreement, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Ambassador Bárcena stressed the importance of having a strong North American partnership to compete economically on a global scale. Beyond the economic impacts, she commented on the political importance that a successful USMCA would have for the relationship between the United States and Mexico

Breakfast attendees asked Ambassador Bárcena about the Mexican government’s relationship with foreign corporations and their commitment to labor reform, to which she detailed proposed changes the Mexican government plans to make as it aims to decrease corruption within the country. Ambassador Bárcena made it clear that Mexico is not a security threat to the United States, and the trust between the two countries relies on the passing of USMCA.





Project summary

Global Business Breakfast: U.S. – Mexico Relations and USMCA | March 2019
Number of Visitors: 1
Number of Attendees: 32
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Mexico
Impact Areas: Business and Trade
Program Areas: Diplomacy
Partners: Private Sector, Public Sector