The US Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne visited the city to attend the annual meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Monterrey (AMCHAM). During his speech, Ambassador Wayne said, «At the heart of the US-Mexico relationship is a dynamic and growing economic integration defined by openness, cooperation and collaboration. To broaden and deepen our relationship, our governments must remain aware of our growing interdependence and focus on reducing the problems we are limited and separate – specifically by removing barriers to the integration and competitiveness. It is our collective responsibility to find solutions to inefficiencies and obstacles that exist, and to promote policies and actions to create a balance between development and security and focus on progress. «The Chamber of Commerce in Monterrey has more than 450 members. The meeting also welcomed Alberto de Armas as the new president of the association and served to listen economic proposals of the four main contenders for governor by Nuevo Leon.
During his visit to Monterrey, Ambassador Wayne had the opportunity to meet with one of the local entrepreneurs most traditional, Don Humberto Garza Gonzalez and his son, Humberto Garza Valdez, Grupo Famsa with whom he met in the new US Consulate in Monterrey to discuss important bilateral economic issues impacting FAMSA operations in the United States and in Mexico. Most FAMSA operation in the United States is selling furniture while in Mexico, are also expanding their activities to the financing sector.
Ambassador Wayne also used his visit to meet with leaders of civil society and local entrepreneurs with whom he discussed efforts to combat corruption and promote transparency in the state of Nuevo Leon and other states. During the meeting they discussed the issue of citizen participation, training in the culture of legality and the participation of all sectors and the academia, the private sector and civil society, working together with governments to increase transparency in Mexico .
In the nearly four years as a US Ambassador in Mexico, this is his tenth visit to Monterrey, which shows the importance of the city and state for business and technological development in Mexico.