The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conducted a Trade and Cultural Mission to Guadalajara and Saltillo in Mexico the Summer of 2018. The Chamber was successful in forging business ties and entered a collaborative agreement between the GAHCC and the Cámaras Nacionales de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo, abb. CANACO.
During the visit to Guadalajara, the GAHCC familiarized itself with the creative digital industry, manufacturing sector and technological innovation hub in the state of Jalisco. Furthermore, the delegation met with Arca Continental and toured one of the largest beverage manufacturing centers in Latin America. Arca Continental is a recently acquired Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages company in Texas.
The GAHCC was able to strengthen its’ relationship with the City of Saltillo by visiting with their economic development department, business and political leaders, the automotive industry, and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities agreement established in 1968. This Sister Cities relationship has allowed for the City of Austin to grow its’ historical, business, political and diplomatic ties with Mexico. Currently, the tech industry has seen significant growth in both markets due to this evolving relationship and continued dialogue.
The GAHCC International Committee continues its international efforts with Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico.