Mayor will also confer with Mexican diplomatic and economic officials in Mexico City, sign agreement with Puebla mayor; meet with Puebla’s business leaders

 Philadelphia, July 3, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter will travel to Mexico on Monday, July 6th as part of a three-day visit aimed at establishing closer ties with Mexico and its fourth largest city, Puebla, which is the capital of the State of Puebla, located in eastern Central Mexico. In Puebla, Mayor Nutter will meet with Puebla State Governor Rafael Moreno-Valle, City of Puebla Mayor Jose Antonio Gali-Fayad and business leaders. In Mexico City, Mayor Nutter will meet with Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, Mexican Economic Secretary Ildefonso Guajado, and Mexico City Mayor Miguel A. Mancera.

“Philadelphia is a global city built by generations of people who immigrated to this country and to this city,” said Mayor Nutter. “In recent years, we’ve had valuable conversations with Mexican officials about creating a more formalized relationship with Mexico. We’ve now identified the City of Puebla as a direct partner for future cooperation. The joint declaration that I will sign with Puebla Mayor Jose Antonio Gali-Fayad will set in place the framework to develop future collaboration between our two cities.  The future growth of Philadelphia’s economy will be directly correlated to our ability to create ties with cities around the world.”

Developing closer ties with Puebla will be helped by virtue of the significant number of Philadelphia-area residents who came here from Puebla and its surrounding towns. The Mexican consulate in Philadelphia said that more than 18,000 people from the Puebla region received passports or consular ID’s between 2008-14 and came to Philadelphia. The Pueblan community has played a significant role in growing small businesses in the City, particularly in the Italian Market area.

“With a bilateral Pennsylvania-Mexico trade of about $6.7 billion last year, Mexico is one of Pennsylvania’s main trade partners, and we are confident that we can develop an important relationship for the City of Philadelphia,” Mayor Nutter said. “We also know that the City of Puebla has the potential to be an excellent economic partner for us.”

Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales, Mexican Consul in Philadelphia, said, “On behalf the government of Mexico, I am very pleased that Mayor Nutter will visit Mexico next week. We gladly welcome his visit because he has been a good friend of Mexico and a reliable partner for the Mexican community living in Philadelphia. The visit of Mayor Nutter will help to consolidate the political, social and economic ties among Philadelphia and Mexico.”

Beginning his visit on Monday, Mayor Nutter will meet with Miguel Fernandez Felix, the Director of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. They will discuss plans for a 2016 exhibition with the Philadelphia Museum of Art entitled “Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950”.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art currently has an important collection of more than 100 pieces of Mexican maiolica, a tin or lead glazed earthenware ceramic, ranging from the early 17th through the 19th century, and exclusively from the city of Puebla.

Later in the day, he will meet with Secretary Guajardo, who did his doctoral work in economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter is scheduled to meet with Anthony Meade, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Jose Antonio Meade, the Mexican Foreign Secretary and later in the day, Mexico City Mayor Miguel A. Mancera.

In the afternoon, Mayor Nutter will travel about 65 miles southeast of Mexico City to the historic city of Puebla, a city with a significant manufacturing base and strong higher-education sector. Founded about 150 years before Philadelphia, Puebla today is a city of 1.5 million and a region of more than 2.6 million. According to Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, Puebla ranks second among Mexican cities in terms of foreign direct investment, and is home to the largest Volkswagen plant outside of Germany.

There, he will meet with Mayor Gali-Fayad, attend a City Council session and sign a joint declaration pledging to foster cooperation in areas including economic development, culture, and educational and professional exchange. Later, the Mayor will meet with Rafael Moreno-Valle, the Governor of the State of Puebla.

Pueblan officials who represent the City of Puebla at the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC) will take Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia delegation on a tour of Old City in Puebla, an area recognized as a World Heritage Site. Puebla is one of eight cities on the OWHC Board of Directors and will be a key ally to Philadelphia in its application to become a World Heritage Site.  Currently, Philadelphia is an observer member of the OWHC and it is in the process of obtaining the organization’s designation as the first and only World Heritage City in the United States.

The Mayor’s day will conclude at a dinner with education sector leaders in Puebla that is known for its educational institutions. According to the National Association of Universities of Higher Education (ANUIES), Puebla has the largest number of universities in the country only after the Mexico City Metropolitan Area.

The following morning, Mayor Nutter will address a group of Pueblan business leaders in an event sponsored by the Pueblan Council for Business Coordination.

Mayor Nutter will be joined on the trip to Mexico by Desiree Peterkin-Bell, City Representative and Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, and Fernando Trevino, the Deputy Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs and an immigrant from Mexico. The City will pay for the cost of the group’s travel and lodging.

The travel itinerary is being coordinated with the assistance of the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia. Mexican Consul Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales and Ana Flores, Executive Director of the Mexican Consular Center, will also accompany Mayor Nutter during his trip to Mexico.

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