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Since his appointment as general counsel of Mexico in Phoenix last year, Jorge Mendoza Yescas has been very busy working to fulfill his mission to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Mexico and Arizona.
Yescas, appointed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has several main objectives including establishing commercial and economic relationships between Mexico and Arizona; representing Mexico in Arizona; and serving the interests of Mexican nationals and tourists in Arizona.
Prior to taking his current post, Yescas served as consul for documentation and legal affairs at the consulate general of Mexico in Vancouver. He also has extensive consular experience that includes work at the consulates in Tucson and Presidio, Texas. He holds a law degree from the University of Sonora and a master's degree in Public Administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas.
A major issue he is currently focusing on is the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), legislation that would promote and increase foreign investment and trade in Arizona, as well as help the Grand Canyon State attract tourists and prepare for the 21 st century economy. It is estimated that 228,000 jobs in Arizona depend on trade with Mexico and Canada, underscoring the importance of the USMCA.
Yescas will discuss his work on the USMCA, the future of Mexican trade and the Mexican economy in general in “An Evening with Consul General Jorge Mendoza Yescas” at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, January 16, in University Center Building Room 301 at the Arizona State University West campus. The talk, hosted by Barrett, The Honors College at ASU West campus, is free but space is limited.
In the months since his appointment, Yescas has travelled throughout Arizona meeting with political leaders, economic development professionals, education advocates, and healthcare providers, to strengthen ties between Mexico and Arizona.
His work promotes Mexico-Arizona trade and tourism, educational opportunities for the Mexican community, and other issues, such as healthcare, that impact the Mexican community in Arizona.
Last December alone, Yescas met with the Phoenix Economic Council to strengthen economic relations between Phoenix and Mexico; signed a memorandum to formalize an alliance with Friendly House to develop educational options for Mexicans in Arizona; met with the city of Phoenix Economic Development Office on an agreement to boost Mexico-Phoenix economic relations and opportunities; met with the director of the Phoenix Anti-Defamation League to discuss continued collaboration to combat racism and xenophobia and empower minority communities; worked with the Arizona Department of Commerce to strengthen the economic alliance between Arizona and Mexico; and lent his support to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s immunization promotion efforts.
Yescas talks about his work in this interview with Jose Cardenas, host of Horizonte on PBS.