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AZ Leadership Understands Global Trade

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (right) toasts outgoing Mexican Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandex (left, with wine glass) at his farewell party June 13. Credit: Eric Jay Toll/Phoenix Business Journal

By Eric Jay Toll for Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona top political leadership finally gets it, according to Mexican Consul General Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez.

“Gov. (Doug) Ducey, Phoenix Mayor (Greg) Stanton, Mesa Mayor (John) Giles and other mayors understand the importance of good relations with Mexico,” he said in a conversation over lunch. “The governor and mayors have accomplished much in a short time to undo what SB1070 did to Arizona’s reputation.”

The outgoing diplomat spoke about his three-year tenure as leader of the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, one of the most important Mexican government diplomatic posts in North America. During his posting, Rodriguez balanced the acrimonious relationship started with passage of Senate Bill 1070 and stood by new state and city leadership in repairing the damage.

Rodriquez cited Ducey’s June 2015 trip to Mexico City with a business entourage to meet with top level Mexican officials.

The consul general stressed the importance of the direct conversations the governor held at the highest levels of international diplomacy. He said this effort reduced the understanding gaps between Arizona and Mexico and is leading to a good relationship.

At his despedida farewell party at Polsinelli June 13, the consul general declared, “With trade, there is no border between Arizona and Sonora.”

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