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ARIZONA-MEXICO COMMISSION tremendous amount of diplomatic skills to be able to navigate the new Mexican administration – President Andrés Manuel López, his ambassador and his secretary of state – and at the same time be able to navigate the administration in the United States as well. The level of understanding, being able to manage nuances, engaging productively, focusing on what works and resolutions that we have at the highest level of our state is really tremendous. It’s evidenced by the ambassador coming here, by the warm reception and valuable conversation she and the governor shared, and her outreach to get the governor’s advice and guidance. On multiple levels, we see that his thoughtful approach to leadership — that is based in the business community — in approaching some of these challenging public policy conversations has really borne a tremendous amount of fruit for Arizona. AB: How does the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) position Arizona to lead in a global economy? JP: First and foremost, the USMCA must be ratified. We need Congress not to play partisan politics with this. There is not a state in this country that does not benefit from the USMCA agreement. NAFTA was something that needed to be updated,

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particularly with the evolution of new industries. USMCA is an agreement that sets up a platform that allows us to engage and exchange with our neighbors in both Canada and Mexico productively and to grow the economy in Arizona and in the United States. Through this agreement, we will only be expanding and deepening our business relationships with Mexico and Canada and that only creates a greater position of strength. The more economically prosperous we are and the more economically prosperous our neighbors are, the better our foundation will be to have this conversation with the world. AB: How do you see the relationship between Arizona and Mexico boosting our state moving forward? JP: A healthy, strong, vibrant relationship between the State of Arizona and country of Mexico only enhances our economy and only enhances our prosperity. It’s that simple. We will work diligently on ensuring that our relationship with Mexico is growing and expanding and business development opportunities grow and expand for the entire state. It’s important to remember that this relationship doesn’t only benefit our border communities. It benefits the entire state’s economy.

Profile for AZ Big Media

AZBusiness May/June 2019  

In this issue, we spotlight the healthcare leaders and innovators of 2019 and profile the finalists for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awar...

AZBusiness May/June 2019  

In this issue, we spotlight the healthcare leaders and innovators of 2019 and profile the finalists for the Industry Leaders of Arizona Awar...