Rubén Cantú-Rodríguez/Conexión Del Río

DEL RIO – Aiming to provide continuity to programs implemented by his predecessor, the new Consul of Mexico in Del Rio, Carlos Obrador, was presented on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, before the local and regional media.

Obrador, with experience in the Mexican Foreign Service dating back to 1994, has worked in various parts of North America, including the cities of Toronto, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts; Eagle Pass, Texas, and Mexico City.

The new head of the consular representation explained that one of the missions of his tenure will be to promote the image of Mexico in the United States, offsetting any negative image that may be, by spreading the word about hard data in terms of commercial trade and job creation, as well as promoting cultural, and educational events.

“Every dollar exported from Mexico to the United States, has a 40 percent of US content,” said Obrador.

He added that the idea he is looking forward to communicate is that both countries are not in competition, but complement each other as part of a single trade bloc.

“Currently a total of 463,000 jobs in Texas depend upon trade between Mexico and Texas,” he said.

At the regional level, Obrador said his intention is to increase the presence of the Consulate in Del Rio, but also to take programs to the 12 counties comprising the consulate’s jurisdiction.

 

“We have for example the Reading Without Borders Club, this is an initiative recently launched by the group headed by Blanca Lozano with the Consulate of Mexico. Consul Santana was very active in that, and we like to continue that effort and also extend it to other cities like San Angelo”, he said.

Among other projects the consulate has, are also to continue with the Mobile Consulate, the Saturday at the Consulate program, bringing art exhibits, choreography exhibits, theater plays, literature, writers, musicians, painters, and all kinds of Mexican culture exponents.