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Tequila Talk with Aguascalientes Governor Carlos Lozano de la Torre

Date: June 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

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Long known for its agriculture and natural landscapes, the state of Aguascalientes is becoming increasingly lauded for its high-tech manufacturing sectors and automotive cluster. In 2013, Nissan invested USD $2 billion on a new plant in Aguascalientes and CEO Carlos Ghosn declared that the plant will produce 1 million cars in Mexico by 2016, a feat that will cement Aguascalientes’ role as export hub for Nissan to the Americas.

Bolstered by growth in the automotive sector and as a result of a diversified economy, the state has proven itself to be among the most resilient regions of the country, boasting economic growth rates of 3.0% over the last 5 years compared to the rest of Mexico’s GDP growth of 1.9%. Analysts have predicted that Aguascalientes will continue to figure strongly in Mexican economic growth in upcoming years.

Please join us June 10 at 6:30pm with Governor Carlos Lozano de la Torre as we discuss the region’s competitiveness platform, the role of foreign investment in the state, the future of technology and innovation in the region and what hurdles, such as citizen security, the government has grappled with in is push to take Aguascalientes center stage.

Institute of the Americas’ President Ambassador Charles Shapiro will moderate. This conversation will take place in Spanish and English; simultaneous interpretation will be available.

* We will serve tequila at this event. Please bring your ID.

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