From left: Dr. Julio Ernesto Rubio Barrios, Governor Doug Ducey, Dr. Chris Bustamante, Deputy Chief of Mission William H. Duncan.

Historic Ceremony to Mark the Establishment of the Mexico Desk

By Luis Ramirez
FPRAZ Director

In June of this year, Governor Doug Ducey lead a high level delegation from Arizona to Mexico City in order to promote the Arizona-Mexico relationship with particular focus on business-to-business relationships.

The Governor held meetings with Mexico’s most important and significant business groups and leaders including Carlos Slim of Grupo Carso, Xavier Garcia de Quebedo of Grupo Mexico and Jaime Lomelin CEO of Peñoles. Additionally, Governor Ducey met with Mexico’s leading government officials including Congressman Manlio Fabio Beltrones (Former Governor of the State of Sonora) Secretary Jose Antonio Mead of Foreign Affairs and Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu of Tourism. Several agreements were signed between Arizona and the Mexican government yet one of the highlights of that trip was the ceremonial signing of the KJZZ agreement with the Teconologico de Monterrey – Mexico City Campus that established KJZZ’s Mexico Desk.

Dr. Chris Bustamante, President of Rio Salado College and a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Public Radio Arizona, participated in the signing ceremony on behalf of KJZZ. Signing on behalf of the Tecnologico de Monterrey was Dr. Julio Ernesto Rubio Barrios, Director of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Governor Doug Ducey signed as a witness while William H. Duncan, Deputy Chief of Mission from the US Embassy in Mexico City was present during the signing ceremony.

“The broad level of interest by everyone one we met with in Mexico City took me by surprise. Everyone wanted to know more about the Desk and what type of coverage it would provide,” stated Dr. Bustamante. “ The importance of our Mexico Desk goes far beyond Arizona as now two nations are looking to KJZZ for a broader coverage that goes beyond cross-border issues. There is great expectation of and anticipation for our coverage by US companies that want to do business in Mexico,” added Dr. Bustamante.

The Mexico Desk is an integral component of the station’s efforts to position its news coverage as a national leader on cross-border and Mexico business and political coverage.

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