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Mexican consul to Senate: ‘Something great is happening in Mexico’

Guillermo Ordorica, the consul of Mexico in Boise, addressed the Idaho Senate today, his first such formal presentation. Ordorica took office in June; he previously served as deputy consul in El Paso, Texas, and has held numerous other high-level diplomatic positions in locations including Paris and the Embassy of Mexico to the Holy See.

“Something great is happening in Mexico,” Ordorica told the Senate. He highlighted both economic and political reforms recently enacted in that nation that he said will improve the Mexican economy and trade, including moves to allow exploration for shale gas. “I am sure we will boost our development,” he said. “In Mexico, things are happening. We are reaching agreements and we are optimistic. My country is open to the world.”

He noted the extensive trade ties between the United States and Mexico, and said, “Almost 30,000 jobs in the Gem State depend directly on trade activities with Mexico.” Ordorica said the consulate of Mexico serves Mexicans in the region and promotes trade and other relations between the two nations. “Our main duty is to promote Mexico as an attractive destiny for tourism, business and investments,” he said.

“Mexicans, you know, are good and hard-working people who contribute with their abilities and talents to the benefit of this beautiful and promising region of the United States,” Ordorica told the Senate. He said more than 70 percent of Hispanics in Idaho are U.S. citizens, and 95 percent are of Mexican origin. “Most important, regardless of origin, they are also Idahoans. They are an active part of your community and many of them your constituency.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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