Mexican consul general meets with Scottsdale Rotarians

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The Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted a reception and luncheon with Jorge Mendoza Yescas --- the consul general of Mexico in Phoenix --- who spoke at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch Golf’s Pavilion.

Also attending the event was Scottsdale Vice Mayor Kathy Littlefield; Scottsdale councilmembers Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte and Solange Whitehead; Max Haechler, rotarian and consul emeritus of Switzerland; Dr. Bernard O. Otremba-Blanc, honorary and former rotarian and German consul for Arizona; Gerardo Valenzuela, Mexican assistant consulate; and Enrique Franco, representative of Sonora, Mexico’s government in Arizona.

Along with club members and their guests, potential charter members of the proposed Club Rotario de Phoenix attended, according to a press release. The proposed Hispanic Rotary Club, which the Rotary Club of Scottsdale sponsors, is awaiting Rotary International’s Club charter approval.

Irayda Flores, provisional president of Club Rotario de Phoenix, updated attendees on the progress of the new club’s organizational activities.

When introducing Mr. Yescas, Rotarian Max Rumbaugh said before taking his current post, Mr. Yescas served as consul for documentation and legal affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mr. Yescas has extensive consular experience in Tucson and Presidio, Texas. He has a law degree from the University of Sonora and a masters degree in public administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas.

Since his appointment as consul general of Mexico in Phoenix last year, Mr. Yescas has been working to fulfill his mission to establish and strengthen economic and cultural relationships between Mexico and Arizona; representing Mexico in Arizona; and serving the interests of Mexican nationals and tourists in Arizona, a release states.

Mr. Yescas says his role as consul general is to represent the foreign estate in Arizona; serve the best interest of Mexican nationals who are living in the consulate district and also who might be tourists; and work to establish commercial and economic relationships.

In addition to representation, the consul general works to meet the needs of Mexican citizens, such as issuing passports, birth certificates, Mexican Consular IDs and legalizations of U.S. documents.

A Mexican Consular ID is a certificate in which the Consulate of Mexico states the bearer is registered as an inhabitant in it consular district and is proof of Mexican nationality.

Mr. Yescas said Mexico’s administration priorities are to combat/eradicate corruption, enhance security, ensure fair competition/open economy and reduce poverty.

He also said the Mexican’s government’s priorities are to develop the economy of Mexico’s southeast region and Central America; address the structural causes of irregular migration and organized crime; ensure Mexico and the U.S. partner with the private sector on both sides of the border; and promote multilateral bank investment and economic development, particularly in the Northern Triangle.

The Northern Triangle refers to the countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Mr. Yescas also said Mexico’s commercial goals with the U.S. are improve the business environment by creating new value chains by connecting manufacturing centers and U.S. suppliers; explore new investment opportunities; promote trade of strategic products; include women entrepreneurs in the global market; and, identify U. S. companies that invest in infrastructure, electric mobility, aerospace industry and technology sectors.

Mr. Yescas shared the following related statistics:

  • U.S. and Mexico share a border of 3,175 kilometers or almost 1,973 miles;
  • Daily one million people cross the border legally in both directions;
  • Daily more than one billion dollars cross the border because of bilateral trade;
  • The U.S. is Mexico’s first trading partner and Mexico just became the top trading partner to the U.S.;
  • The Mexican Consular Network in Arizona includes Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Douglas and Yuma;
  • Over 1.8 million Mexicans live in Arizona (27.7% of the total population) with 608,403 Mexicans living in Phoenix (38.6% of the total population); and
  • An estimated 228,000 jobs in Arizona depend on trade with Mexico and Canada, underscoring the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)

“We are working to strengthen our ties with local authorities --- the governor’s office, mayors, local legislators, council members, business people, researchers and academics from the different cities and towns in the consul’s region,” Mr. Yescas said to close his remarks.

“Local authorities play a critical role in defining the way Mexican and Mexican Americans live their everyday lives.”

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