Virtual Trade Mission Mexico: Industry Breakout Sessions 2021-04-14T16:07:27+00:00

Virtual Trade Mission to Mexico: Industry Breakout Sessions

Learn About Opportunities with the United States’ Third-Largest Trading Partner 

Mexico is a market of focus this year due to its proximity to the U.S. and ample trade and export opportunities. In preparation for the Governor-led trade mission to Mexico this October, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade Center Utah, and the Mexican Consul General’s office are offering a virtual series on April 21 for Utah businesses to gain market and industry intelligence while learning about current opportunities.

The virtual breakout sessions will focus on the agribusiness, technology, manufacturing, and aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Participating Utah businesses will be able to:

  • Directly engage with Mexican business and government leaders who specialize in their industry
  • Ask questions specific to their business
  • Gain insight focused on growing their business and sales in Mexico

All Utah businesses interested in either entering Mexico for the first time or expanding their business in the region are invited to participate. The sessions will be introduced by José Borjón, Head Consul, Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, and Miles Hansen, President & CEO of WTC Utah.

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
All times are Mountain Time

9:00-10:00 AMManufacturing
10:30-11:30 AM    Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing 
12:30-1:30 PMInformation Technology
2:00-3:00  PMAgribusiness

Each breakout session will include time for Q&A at the end. Please share any questions you have in advance so we can help address them during the session.

Why Mexico?

With the 15th-largest economy in the world, Mexico will see extensive growth potential due to its young population and large, diversified market. Given this market, along with the new U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), most U.S. products and services have ample opportunities for growth and market expansion.

Mexico ranked number one among U.S. trade partners in total trade in 2019, with a value of USD 614.5 billion. Exports totaled USD 256.4 billion and Imports totaled USD 358.1 billion. This trade directly and indirectly supports millions of U.S. jobs.

Manufacturing – 9:00-10:00 AM

The manufacturing sector in Mexico added over 203 billion U.S. dollars to the country’s gross domestic product in 2019. Mexico is known for its automotive, plastics and resins, and textile manufacturing, but the market specializes in many industries.

IntroductionTodd Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association


Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing – 10:30-11:30 AM

Mexico’s aerospace industry has seen enormous growth, foreign investment attraction, and job creation. Aerospace has been a major focus in Mexican economic development, both as an industrial sector and in connection with commercial, private, and defense aviation growth. Mexico’s civilian aerospace market is huge, with a nearly 50 percent U.S. share.

Mexico’s advanced manufacturing offers a unique mixture of world-class capabilities with experienced professional workers, built around flexible services. This environment translates into a fast turnaround for high-mix, low-volume, flexible production at even lower costs to market than global competitors.


  • Luis G. Lizcano, Director General of Mexico’s Aerospace Industry Federation


Information Technology – 12:30-1:30 PM

Mexico is an attractive market for technology products from the U.S. related to the IT services industry.  Mexico is developing IT clusters throughout the country to offer IT, software development, call centers, high-tech manufacture and engineering services to domestic users as well as to countries in North America and Europe.


  • Mario de la Cruz, President of AmCham’s ICT Committee & Government Affairs Director for CISCO Latam

ModeratorSergio Rios, Deputy Minister and Secretary of Economic Development of The State of Jalisco

Agribusiness – 2:00-3:00 PM

Mexico is the United States’ second-largest agricultural partner. In 2019, U.S. agricultural and related product exports to Mexico totaled USD 20 billion with overall bilateral agricultural trade nearing USD 50 billion. What’s more, Mexico is the top destination for U.S. agricultural exports of corn, dairy products, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and rice.

IntroductionCraig W. Buttars, Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food


  • Cesar de Anda, Former President of the World Egg Commission and President of Innova Alimentos
Courtney Rae
Director of Global Business Services

Nicole A. Sherwood, Esq., CGFM, CGBP
Director of Grants & Operations | STEP Project Director