MAG, largest Mexican industrial chamber to sign agreement

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The president of Mexico’s largest industrial chamber organization, National Chamber of Industry Transformation, also known as CANACINTRA, will sign a collaborative agreement with the Maricopa Association of Governments and its partners pledging to support and promote a web-based connection tool, ConnectBIEN.com.

The move is the latest development in ongoing activities to strengthen and develop lasting economic partnerships between Arizona and Mexico, according to a press release.

Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world and conducts $15.9 billion in bilateral trade with Arizona each year.

BIEN is an acronym for Building an International Economic Network, stated the release. It encompasses a free business-to-business website that allows businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada to connect with each other across international boundaries to improve freight and trade.

Currently, more than 770 businesses have uploaded profiles to the site and are available for connection requests. Those accessing the site can search the extensive database network using the name of the business, industry categories, or geographic location, the release stated.

Jim Lane

Jim Lane

“This is a milestone for the BIEN network, representing the first national scale partnership to promote this innovative website,” stated MAG Chair Jim Lane, mayor of Scottsdale, in the release. “CANACINTRA is the largest industrial association in Mexico and we are pleased to be working together to enhance growth opportunities and supply chain networks to build mutually beneficial business-to-business networking and global marketing.”

CANACINTRA National President Rodrigo Alpízar Vallejo says his group looks forward to what he foresees as a mutually beneficial partnership.

“We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with Arizona and its businesses. CANACINTRA is honored to be the first national partner to promote BIEN and enhance the reach of this tool with businesses in Mexico,” stated Mr. Alpízar, in the release. “Our goal is to forge stronger business connections and commerce opportunities in the Ari-Son megaregion, Sinaloa, Baja California, and throughout Mexico.”

MAG Economic Development Committee Chair and Gilbert Mayor John W. Lewis said it is important to recognize the opportunity expanded international markets present.

“By using BIEN to expand export and import opportunities, we can grow business on both sides of the border and increase the number of jobs in Arizona to support that business,” stated Mayor Lewis, in the releaes. “Cars built in North America, for example, cross the border about eight times during production, and 40 percent of the content of U.S. imports from Mexico is actually produced in America. BIEN allows companies to use technology and exponentially expand their opportunities to find the right connections in the right markets.  Informally, we call this ‘e-Harmony for businesses.'”

The commemorative agreement will be signed by Mayor Lane, CANACINTRA National President Alpízar, and MAG Economic Development Committee Chair John W. Lewis, mayor of Gilbert.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Arizona Mexico Commission Executive Director Kim Sabow, who serves as Governor Ducey’s policy advisor for international affairs and strategic initiatives, will sign as witnesses, according to the release.

Following the press conference, MAG will host a conference session titled “Business Beyond Borders: Identifying Synergistic International Strengths and Opportunities for Trade, Exports and Investment with Mexico and Canada,” the release stated.

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