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Updated: California Governor to Kick Off Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico on Monday


7-27-2014

Events with Mexico's President, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Central American Religious and Diplomatic Leaders Added to Schedule

SACRAMENTO - California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will travel to Mexico City this week to meet with Mexican government and business leaders, help boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation.

The Governor first announced the Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico in his 2014 State of the State address and met with Mexican Consuls General from cities across California in March. Last week, ahead of the trip, Governor Brown met with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña in Sacramento and invited Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to meet later this year in California.

On the heels of last week's diplomatic exchange, Governor Brown announced today that he will meet privately with Secretary Meade and President Peña Nieto on Monday and with Archbishop of Los Angeles José Horacio Gomez and more than a dozen other religious and diplomatic leaders from Central America on Tuesday to discuss immigration. Media availabilities will follow the meeting with Secretary Meade on Monday and the meeting with religious and diplomatic officials on Tuesday.

The Governor will be joined on the Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico by a delegation of state legislators and senior administration officials. A delegation organized by the California Chamber of Commerce with the help of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education that includes approximately 90 business, economic development, investment and policy leaders from throughout California will also participate in the trade mission.

The trip follows Governor Brown's 2013 Trade and Investment Mission to China. Over the past year, Governor Brown has also signed accords with leaders from China, Canada, Israel and Peru to combat climate change, strengthen California's economic ties and expand cooperation on promising research. In February, Governor Brown established the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council to help expand international business opportunities for California companies and appointed former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis as chair.

**Note: An updated trade mission itinerary is below. It reflects the following additions and changes:

- Events with Mexico's President (Monday), Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Monday) and Central American religious and diplomatic leaders (Tuesday);
- Minor time and program changes to the meeting with the Governor of the State of Mexico (Monday), the climate change memorandum of understanding signing (Monday), the meeting and memorandum of understanding signing with the Ministry of Energy (Tuesday), the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico Luncheon (Tuesday) and the media availability with the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (Wednesday);
- Updated RSVP information and contacts for events involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Energy, Economy, and Labor and Social Welfare.

All events, times and locations are subject to change and require RSVPs from in-country reporters. Please note that all times are local, and unless specified, represent start times for events and meetings. Allow for ample check-in time. Moving forward updates to the itinerary will be reflected in the online media advisory at:www.gov.ca.gov

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meeting with the Governor of the State of Mexico Eruviel Ávila
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Casa de Gobierno del Estado de México, Explanada 910, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, 11000 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: Coverage of this meeting will be pooled. For more information, contact Raul Vargas with the State of Mexico at raoulvargas@gmail.com.

Media Availability with Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plaza Juarez 20, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The media availability will be open to credentialed media only and follows a private meeting between the Governor and Secretary. In-country reporters will be invited to cover this event by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information, contact Olga Valenzuela with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at ovalenzuelao@sre.gob.mx.

Meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Molino del Rey S/N San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, 11850 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: This meeting is closed to press. A photo release will be sent after the meeting concludes.

California-Mexico Climate Change Memorandum of Understanding Signing with Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Salón Morelos, Plaza Juarez 20, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: This event will be open to credentialed media only. In-country reporters interested in covering the meeting must RSVP by 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 to Olga Valenzuela with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at ovalenzuelao@sre.gob.mx with name, outlet and contact information.
**Note: The summit on climate change featuring top government and NGO leaders from Mexico and California will now precede the memorandum of understanding signing and begin at 12:30p.m.

Visit California and Aeromexico Campaign Launch Press Conference
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: AeroMexico Offices, Paseo de la Reforma 445, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The press conference will be open to credentialed media only. Reporter registration has closed.

Media Availability with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne
When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Soumaya Museum, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11529 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The media availability will be open to credentialed media only and follows a private meeting between the Governor and Ambassador. In-country reporters interested in covering this media availability must RSVP by 12:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 to the U.S. Embassy Press Office at emlistmx@state.gov with name, outlet and contact information.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

California-Mexico Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding Signing and Breakfast with Mexico's Ministry of Education
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Casa de California, Carmen 1, Chimalistac, Alvaro Obregon, 01070 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: This event will be open to invited guests and credentialed media only. In-country reporters will be invited to cover this event in the days ahead.

California-Mexico Energy Memorandum of Understanding Signing and Meeting with Mexico's Ministry of Energy
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ministry of Energy, Insurgentes Sur 890, Col. Del Valle, Benito Juarez, 03100 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: Coverage of the meeting with Secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, which will include the signing of the memorandum of understanding, will be pooled. For more information, contact Victor Manuel Aviles Castro with the Ministry of Energy at vmaviles@energia.gob.mx.

Meeting with Mexico's President of the Senate Raúl Cervantes Andrade
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Senado de la República, Av. Paseo de la Reforma 135, Insurgentes Centro, Col. Tabacalera, 06030 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The meeting will be open to credentialed media only. In-country reporters interested in covering the meeting must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 to Beatriz Alfaro at betrichealfasenado@gmail.com with name, outlet and contact information.

American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico Luncheon
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.
Where: Hotel Camino Real Polanco, Molino Del Rey Room, Mariano Escobedo 700, Anzures, Miguel Hidalgo, 11590 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The luncheon will feature remarks by Governor Brown, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne and American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico General Director Guillermo Wolf and will be open to credentialed media only. In-country reporters interested in covering this event must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 to Esther Gil Ordaz at egil@e-beaconpr.com with name, outlet and contact information.
**Note: The previously scheduled media availability after the luncheon has been cancelled.

Media Availability with Archbishop of Los Angeles and Central American Religious and Diplomatic Leaders on Immigration
When: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Club de Industriales, Auditorium, Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The media availability will be open to credentialed media only and follows a private meeting on immigration between the Governor, the Archbishop of Los Angeles and more than a dozen other religious and diplomatic leaders from Central America. In-country reporters will be invited to cover this event in the days ahead.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

California-Mexico Trade and Investment Memorandum of Understanding Signing and Breakfast with Mexico's Ministry of Economy
When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Club de Industriales, Ballroom, Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: This event will be open to credentialed media only and precedes a private meeting between the Governor and Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal. In-country reporters will be invited to cover this event by the Ministry of Economy. For more information, contact Mariana Cortés with the Ministry of Economy at mariana.cortes@economia.gob.mx.

Media Availability with Mexico's Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare Alfonso Navarrete Prida
When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Club de Industriales, Auditorium, Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, 11550 Mexico City, DF, Mexico
Media Coverage: The media availability will be open to credentialed media only and follows a private meeting between the Governor and the Secretary. In-country reporters will be invited to cover this event by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. For more information, contact Armando Segura with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare at armando.segura@stps.gob.mx.

For social media updates and other announcements throughout the trade mission, please follow these twitter handles: @CAMexicoTrade; @JerryBrownGov; @GovPressOffice; @CAGoBiz; @CalChamber; @VisitCA.

Press releases and other content will also be posted at: www.business.ca.gov/MexicoTrade.aspx

**Note: A Spanish translation of this release can be found here.

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