The event hosted by Laredo Economic Development Corporation, Logistics and Manufacturing Association Port Laredo (LMA), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), Association of Logistics Forwarding Agents (ALFA), Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA), Laredo College Economic Development Center, Laredo Motor Carriers Association (LMCA), CODEIN and INDEX was held September 19-20, 2018 at Texas A&M International University’s Student Center Ballroom.
This year’s theme was titled “Supply Chains in the New Global Reality” and brought topics that included The North American Trade, The Future of Supply Chain, Multilateral and Regional Trade Policy in an Era of Global Value Chains, Benefits of the US-Mexico Bilateral Relationship in the Commercial Sector, The Status of the modernization of NAFTA, Manufacturing and Technology, The Benefits of Apprenticeship in the Trucking Industry, The Strategic Importance of Regionalism in South Texas Energy Economic Development and others. (click * to read bio or presentation)
Keynote Speakers included *Bradley F. Hayes, Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, *Min *Guillermo Malpica Soto, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy in Washington, D.C., and *Michael Camuñez, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce and President and CEO at Monarch Global Strategies, LLC.
The North American Trade Celebration Reception sponsored by International Bank of Commerce was held September 19, at the IBC Annex featuring special guests Dennis E. Nixon, International Bank of Commerce President and CEO, Kathryn L. Flachsbart Akins, Consul General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Keynote Speaker Ken Roberts, President, World City LLC
SESSION I- THE NAFTA DILEMMA: A NEW NORTH AMERICAN DYNAMIC (*click to read bio or presentation)
Moderator: Carlos Martinez Gonzalez, Association of Laredo Forwarding Agents
SESSION II- NORTH AMERICAN TRADE: WHAT'S NEXT? (*click to read bio or presentation)
Moderator: Jose D. Gonzalez, Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association
SESSION III- THE FUTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN (*click to read bio or presentation)
Moderator: *Ben Escarcega, Director Integrated Solutions Group, Yusen Logistics
SESSION IV- MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY: THE 4TH REVOLUTION (*click to read bio or presentation) Introduction: Joseph Mendiola, Vice President of Business Development, Laredo Economic Development CorporationPresentation: *Dr. Ralph Biedermann, President, The MRB Group- “*Regional Manufacturing Outlook”
SESSION V- THE BENEFITS OF APPRENTICESHIP IN THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY (*click to read bio or presentation) Moderator: Gerardo Maldonado, Vice President, Laredo Motor Carriers Association
SESSION VI- THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OR REGIONALISM IN SOUTH TEXAS ENERGY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (*click to read bio or presentation) Moderator: Jorge Canavati, President, J. Canavati & Co. LLC.
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