Audio: A Conversation with José Calzada Rovirosa, Governor of the State of Querétaro

  • Feb 25, 2014
    Duration: 01:00:23

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    Moderator:

    Carl Meacham
    Director
    CSIS Americas Program

    As North America observes the twentieth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), policymakers from all three countries are exploring ways to deepen North American integration.  And with the next North American Leaders' Summit set for February 19, the heads of state from all three countries are expected to reflect on NAFTA's achievements to date.  

    The Mexican State of Querétaro stands out as one of the most innovative hubs and beneficiaries of the North American economy.  Since a ground-breaking investment by Bombardier in 2005, Querétaro has received substantial attention from major multinational companies, ranging from GE to Samsung.  As a result, Querétaro now has the highest growth rate among Mexican states and is host to a burgeoning middle class.  What government policies led to Querétaro's emergence as a focal point in Mexico for foreign direct investment?  How has the state government worked with the private sector and local universities to foster cooperation and boost innovation?  And what policies are needed moving forward to allow the state to build upon recent successes? The Americas Program hosts Governor José Calzada Rovorisa for this timely discussion.