International Hot Topic Series Presents: 2014 Business Outlook for Mexico

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

International Hot Topic Series Presents:

2014 Business Outlook for Mexico


The Honorable Eduardo Baca Cuenca
Consul General of Mexico in Seattle

Joe Ritzman
Vice President, Business Development SSA Marine

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Downtown Seattle

Free for Members
$10 for Non-Members

Register Online


Join the Trade Development Alliance for wine, popcorn and discussion the future business outlook for one of our most important export partners: Mexico.

As the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) reaches its 20th anniversary, U.S.-Mexico trade has consolidated into one of the most important trading relationships in the world. Washington state links with Mexico have also benefited from this growing trend and current ongoing reforms in Mexico have the potential to increase that trend for U.S. companies interested in Mexico. Join our panel of experts for a late afternoon of information, wine and popcorn to see where the economy of Mexico is going and the external/internal forces that are shaping it:

  • How Mexico is benefiting by the rise of Asia
  • The growth of high tech manufacturing in Mexico and subsequent highly skilled middle class
  •  How recent reforms are increasing Mexico’s global competitiveness

Consul Eduardo Baca Cuenca has 25 years experience in the international affairs arena, with particular emphasis on North America and Latin America relations.

Mr. Baca majored in International Relations at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, studied the U.S. political system at the University of California, San Diego, and on Human Rights at the International Institute of Human Rights. A career diplomat, he has held various policy positions in the Ministry of Foreign Relations including those of Adviser to the Minister (U.S. and Canada Issues). In the Foreign Service, Mr. Baca also served as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico in Venezuela; Deputy Head of Mission in Trinidad and Tobago; Political Officer at the Embassies of Mexico in the United States and in Canada. He assumed his position as Consul of Mexico in 2013.

Joseph Ritzman is a port development and logistics specialist with 19 years of diverse maritime industry experience including positions in marine terminal operations, steamship line logistics and marketing, project management, market and commodity analysis, and greenfield port project development. Mr. Ritzman joined SSA Marine after working for Matson Terminals in the Port of Los Angeles and NYK Line in Chicago, IL. His port development and privatization experience with SSA Marine includes assignments in Vietnam, Panama, Mexico, Chile, Jamaica and Bangladesh. Mr. Ritzman currently supports SSA International’s global business development activities from the company’s Seattle, WA headquarters. Mr. Ritzman is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.


Registration: The cost for this program is free for members and $10 for non-members. For questions, Contact Samantha Paxton/206.389.7319 / .


About the International Hot Topic Series
Keep your finger on the pulse of the fast-moving world of international business and trade. From current events in Brazil to transitioning Myanmar you’ll gain the latest insights into world events from a business perspective.


Co-promoting organization:

Economic Development Alliance of Seattle and King County
Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
Jackson School of International Studies
US – Mexico Chamber of Commerce NW Chapter
World Affairs Council



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