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ACWA Interviews Mexico's Ventura on WZIP 88.1 FM

Tom Beck, Station Manager, WZIP; Jane Walker Snider, ACWA Executive Director; David Schwake, Counselor (Political), Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Consul of Mexico in Detroit, MI and Jane Walker Snider, ACWA Executive Director

WZIP's Community Concern Program

Access this program on the Resources page

Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Consul of Mexico, provided perspective on challenges being undertaken by the Mexican government, in three significant areas:

  • Has NAFTA benefitted both Mexico and the U.S.?
    NAFTA was enacted between Mexico and the U.S. and Canada in 1994, eliminating the majority of taxes on products traded among the countries, and calling for a gradual phase-out of other tariffs. There have been calls to re-negotiate or suspend NAFTA. Mr. Ventura will provide perspective on its benefits to citizens in Mexico and in the U.S.
  • How is the Mexican government confronting the crimes associated with the drug trade?
    The Mexican Drug War is an ongoing armed conflict taking place among rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control. Mexico’s military is assisting civilian law-enforcement authorities yet the violence and loss of citizen lives continues. President Felipe Calderón has proposed some new measures which Consul Ventura will outline.
  • Mexico and the United States as strategic partners
    Few - if any countries - are as important to the U.S. as Mexico. Far more than sharing a 2,000 border, economics and societies are deeply interwoven. Consul Venura will outline some of the challenges related to this, both for Mexico and for the U.S., and some ways these are being addressed.

Mr. Ventura was ACWA's guest for its Global Scholars and Speaker Series event on Thursday, Feburary 23, 2012. He was interviewed by ACWA Executive Director Jane Walker Snider for WZIP's Community Concern program at 88.1 FM. The programs aired on March 30/April 1 (Part 1) and April 7/8 (Part 2). They are available to stream from our Resources page.

WZIP-FM and ACWA are partnering to produce Community Concern Programs featuring ACWA guest diplomats as a means to educate WZIP listeners on international issues that affect Northeast Ohio interests, economically and politically.


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