Walker to lead business development mission to Mexico in June
Gov. Scott Walker is planning to lead a Wisconsin business development mission to Mexico next month.
The trade mission, scheduled for June 12-17 with a first stop in Mexico City, is expected to be announced by Walker in Milwaukee Tuesday at the 52nd Annual International Trade Conference of the Metropolitan Association of Commerce World Trade Association at the Wisconsin Center.
“We will promote Wisconsin’s strong business climate, outstanding workforce and key industry sectors as compelling assets for successful business operations in Wisconsin during our trip to Mexico, just as we did during our trips to Europe, Canada, and the United Kingdom last year,” Walker said in a statement. “The state of our state is strong, and this is the perfect time for businesses in Mexico to consider investing in Wisconsin.”
The trade mission is part of Wisconsin’s ongoing effort to increase exports and encourage international companies to invest in the state, Walker’s office said.
Mexico is Wisconsin’s second-largest export destination, with state companies sending nearly $3 billion in goods to the country in 2015. Canada is first with more than $7 billion.
Walker will join representatives of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) for the trade mission. Together, they will meet with business and agriculture leaders regarding opportunities in new markets or to establish new operations in Wisconsin.
In Mexico City, Walker and the Wisconsin delegation, in partnership with SelectUSA, will host meetings with targeted Mexican companies interested in expanding in the U.S. The delegation will also meet with companies that have existing facilities in Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of increasing their investments in the state.
Walker also is set to participate in the 2016 CIGAL Dairy Trade Show, which focuses on the dairy production sector and draws exhibitors from throughout Mexico and the United States, the governor’s office said. The Dairy Trade Show will be held in Guadalajara June 15-17, and Walker will be joined by a delegation that includes Wisconsin businesses, University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-River Falls and DATCP.
Guadalajara is a major city in Jalisco, Mexico, which has been a Wisconsin sister state since 1990. While in Jalisco, Walker will meet Jalisco Gov. Aristóteles Sandoval to strengthen the relationship.
Wisconsin exports to Mexico increased by 4.6% last year, representing 13% of Wisconsin’s total exports. Mexico is also Wisconsin’s second-largest agriculture export destination, accounting for $289 million in 2015.
Walker’s office said the June business development mission will build on Wisconsin’s foreign direct investment strategy, which focuses on attracting foreign companies, operations and investments that best fit into Wisconsin’s key industry sectors, such as manufacturing, agriculture, energy, water technology, bioscience, medical devices and food processing.