Hayward Chamber of Commerce and the California State University, East Bay College of Business and Economics present the seventh Hayward International Trade Luncheon on March 5th.
- Consul General Remedios Gómez Arnau of Mexico will be the featured speaker on March 5th, 2020..
- This event is free to CSUEB students, faculty and staff.
Mexico is California’s leading trading partner. New opportunities between her country, California, and the Bay Area will be discussed by the Mexican consul general.
It’s the latest in a series of global trade luncheons by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsored by the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay.
The series is aimed at providing information to international businesses in Hayward, as well as for students and others interested in worldwide trade.
Additional speakers will be Rod Hirsch of the US Commercial Service and Dr. George Low, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Cal State East Bay.
Tickets are $25 and will not be sold at the door. They can be purchased and reserved at the event website
Mexico’s Impact on California and the Bay Area:
According to the California Chamber of Commerce, Mexico is California’s No. 1 market, purchasing 17 percent of all California exports. California exports to Mexico amounted to $30.7 billion in 2018, an increase from 2017. Computers and electronic products remained California’s largest exports, accounting for 25.8 percent of all California exports to Mexico. Exports of transportation equipment and non-electrical machinery from California to Mexico grew to total almost $6 billion.
In the last 20 years, two-way trade in goods between Mexico and the United States increased from $81.4 billion in 1993 to $611.5 billion in 2018. Mexico has remained the United States’ second largest export market since 1995, with a total value of $265 billion in 2018. Mexico is the first or second largest trading partner for 27 American states.
There are over 50,000 small and medium sized enterprises in the U.S. that export to Mexico.
According to Visit California, 7.7 million people visited California from Mexico in 2017, spending over $3.1 billion. Mexico sends more visitors to California than any other country by a wide margin.
About Consul General Arnau:
Consul general Arnau was appointed by the president of Mexico to serve the San Francisco / Silicon Valley region in May 2019.
She previously directed the consulates for Mexico in Atlanta (2001-2008), San Diego (2008-2016) and Raleigh, North Carolina (2016-2019). Prior to that she was academic secretary and associate researcher at the Research Center for North America of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research includes the foreign policy of the United States and its relationships with Mexico.
She is the author of the first book on the history and legal foundations of the counselor protection of Mexicans in the United States and has contributed to other books on the subject. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Colegio de Mexico and a master’s and doctoral degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.