Former Mexican president is guest speaker at upcoming US-Mexico border summit

Borderplex Alliance: Felipe Calderon to address manufacturing investment opportunities at the border given tensions in US-China trade

In this April 9, 2015 file photo, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon speaks during a joint press conference a day before the Summit of the Americas in Panama City on Saturday, February 27, 2016 (AP Photo / Arnulfo Franco, File)

EL PASO, TX (Border Report) – A former President of Mexico will be the keynote speaker at the 2021 Borderplex Alliance US-Mexico Border Summit next month.

Felipe Calderon Hinojosa will address trade issues, such as how Mexico can benefit from trade tensions between the United States and China and how attracting European investment can be essential for border companies, according to the group.

The summit begins at 7:30 a.m. on November 4 at the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, 106 W. Mills Ave. in El Paso. Calderon’s midday speech takes place in a collection room at the Paso del Norte hotel across the street. You can click here for more details on attending the summit.

Calderon was President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. His tenure was controversial: some credit him with growing the economy and promoting environmental protection and cooperation; others remember him for an aggressive war on drugs that backfired on him.

“He implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy. Since leaving his post, he has focused his leadership and attention on the economic benefits of tackling climate change and has positioned himself as a leading voice on this global issue, ”the Alliance said. Non-profit, non-partisan borderplex.

But in an Oct.31, 2012 article published by the Brookings Institution, former Mexican diplomat Andres Rozental torched Calderon for failing to make substantial structural changes to the economy and for failing to contain violence.

“Not only is the high death toll attributed to the war on cartels and other criminals sufficient proof that violence is still the order of the day, but the flow of drugs to the United States as well as the wave of guns assault and other weapons entering Mexico continue relatively unabated, ”Rozental wrote.

Some 63,000 people died in drug-related violence during the Calderon administration, including 1,000 Mexican soldiers and police, according to the nonprofit Security, Justice and Peace of Mexico.

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