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Highlights from the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium

North America:The Most Competitive Region in The World

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Leaders from the Logistics and Manufacturing industry, as well as faculty and students, gathered at TAMIU for the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium Pathways for Trade: North America the Most Competitive Region in the World, September 19-20, 2017.  

The event hosted by Laredo Development Foundation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), INDEX, CODEIN and Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA) brought topics about International Policy and Trade, Customs Law and Security, Manufacturing 4.0, Innovation Technology, Supply Chain, Transportation, Energy, NAFTA and other critical topics  

DAY 1

SESSION I.- INTERNATIONAL POLICY AND TRADE   *click to see presentation

  • Francisco Jaime King Cancino,* Vice Chiar of the World Customs  Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG)
  • M. Angeles Villarreal, Specialist in International Trade and Finance at U.S. Congressional Research Service

SESSION II.- NORTH AMERICAN PORTS & CORRIDOR INITIATIVE  *click to see presentation

SESSION III.- CUSTOMS LAW AND SECURITY   *click to see presentation

 BINATIONAL CONVERSATION  

  • Honorable, Pete Saenz, Mayor, City of Laredo, Texas
  • Honorable, Enrique Rivas, Mayor,  City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
  • Honorable, Ing. Carlos W. Talancon, Secretary of Economic Development from the State of Tamaulipas
  • Honorable, Richard Peña Raymond, Texas State Representative, District 42

DAY 2

SESSION I.- MANUFACTURING 4.0, INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPLY CHAIN  *click to see presentation

  • Dr. F. Frank Chen,* Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering Department & Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Lean Systems, UTSA
  • Dr. Ralph Biedermann,* President, The MRB Group

SESSION II.-  TRANSPORTATION CHANGES AND REGULATIONS 

  • Robert Costello, Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, American Trucking Association (ATA)
  • Martin Rojas, Senior Adviser for the Americas, International Road Transportation Union
  • Russell Stubbs, Chairman, FFE Holdings & Truckload Carriers Association  Past Chairman

SESSION III.-  ENERGY RENAISSANCE IN NORTH AMERICA  *click to see presentation

  • Henry Cuellar, U.S. Representative for Texas 28th Congress District
  • Jack N. Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Dr. Gustavo Murillo,* Director of Research in Exploration and Production, Mexican Petroleum Institute (MPI)

Symposium Co-Hosts:

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