HOW TO REGISTER

Download the registration form and return with payment. Registrations are due by Friday, February 17, 2012.

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

ACWA invites diplomats from embassies of countries that are important partners with the U.S., both in trade and politics, and long-term in addressing important global challenges. ACWA originated this program in 2005. View archives of previous participants.

In addition to the formal evening event, diplomats participate in ACWA's award-winning Global Scholars program for high-school students. ACWA also arranges sessions with executives and economists engaged in global trade in Northeast Ohio. The content of all programs is developed specifically for ACWA program attendees.

For more information about participation in any of these programs, e-mail ACWA's Executive Director Jane Walker Snider, at
info@akronworldaffairs.org.

SPEAKER PROFILE

Vicente Sanchez Ventura

Vicente Sanchez Ventura

Vicente Sanchez Ventura is consul of Mexico in Detroit, a post he assumed in June 2006. Prior to coming to Detroit, he was the deputy consul general at the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Texas from 1999 to 2006.

His career in international diplomatic service is
diverse and extensive. Consul Sanchez has formally served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico at Nicaragua, from 1994 to 1997, as Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Mexico in New Orleans from 1990 to 1994, as Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General of Mexico in Puerto Rico from 1988 to 1990, and as Consul in charge of protection and legal council to Mexican nationals for the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas from 1985 to 1988. He has been a member of Mexico's Foreign Service organization since 1981.

He is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where he received a bachelor's degree in International Relations. Since September, 2010 Vicente Sanchez Ventura has been the Dean of the Consular Corps of Michigan (CCM).

 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn

Mexico: Neighbor and Strategic Partner

Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Consul of Mexico, Detroit, MI

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Vicente Sanchez Ventura will provide 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.

Those attending the evening session may bring comments and questions to address to Counsul Vicente Sanchez Ventura at the end of his formal presentation.

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3180 West Market Street - Fairlawn
330-867-5000
(Across from Summit Mall — Ghent Road Exit from I-77)

6:00 p.m. Registration/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Non-Members - $45

Formal Program Only

7:15 p.m. Registration for Program and Q&A Session Only
7:30 p.m. Formal Program, followed by Questions & Answers and Discussion

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Members - $12
Non-Members - $15

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Registrations are due no later than Friday, February 17, 2012.

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ACWA - P.O.Box 5300 - Akron, OH 44334

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