Montana Governor Steve Bullock is in Mexico City representing the nation’s governors as Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA). Governor Bullock will attend the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Lopez Obrador and meet with trade officials and business representatives.
“As Chair of the National Governors Association, it is my honor to represent both Montana and our nation’s governors in Mexico,” said Governor Bullock. “I look forward to deepening the subnational economic, diplomatic and cultural relationships between the United States and Mexico over these next few days, because the issues that bring us together are truly much larger than the geographic and geopolitical boundaries that divide us.”
In addition to the inauguration, Governor Bullock today participated in a meeting with Mexican governors, Mexican businesses and the American Chamber of Commerce. Tomorrow he will join President Lopez Obrador for a lunch with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, several U.S. governors and heads of state.
Governor Bullock will also visit with Cerveceros de Mexico (Brewers of Mexico) and ACERMEX (Mexican Craft Brewers Association) to promote Montana’s agricultural products, strengthen existing relationships, and enhance long-term business and trade relationships. Mexican brewers have become some of Montana’s largest barley buyers. According to the U.S. Grains Council, it is estimated that Montana-origin barley comprises up to 70% of Mexican malt imports from the U.S.
“It’s critical to Montana’s agricultural communities that we preserve this market access,” said Governor Bullock. “I look forward to the opportunity to tout the quality of our grains and to further maintain and create new and longstanding trade relationships.”