Continuing to lead the way in building international business on a global scale, the LBA recently signed its second historical partnership with an entire state in Mexico- the state of Chiapas. “This is the second State partnership to be created with Mexico. Prior to the signing with Sinaloa and now with Chiapas, never before had a partnership been formed, nor an agreement signed, between a business organization in the United States and an entire State in any Country”, stated LBA Chairman/CEO Ruben Guerra.
Utilizing the LBA’s 35 year experience and connections, these historical Partnerships with Mexico will create:
- Security for businesses wanting to do business in the United States.
- A win-win situation for California and Mexico.
- The means for businesses in both countries to do business with one another.
- Improved pricing and competitiveness.
The LBA will open an office in Chiapas, which will be supported by its Government, and Chiapas will have a key contact in the LBA office located in Los Angeles, California. The LBA is currently in the process of signing similar strategic partnerships with other states in Mexico, as well as in Asia.
Cooperation Agreement between the Latin Business Association (LBA) and Chiapas State Government, through the Foreign Trade Department of the Economic Development Secretary:
Hereafter, the Latin Business Association (La Asociacion de Empresarios Latinos) will be reffered to as the LBA, and the Chiapas State Government, through the Foreign Trade Department of the Economic Development Secretary, (el Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas a traves de la Direcion de Comercio Exterior de la Secretaria de Desarrollo Economico) will be reffered to as DCE.
The LBA is a nonprofit association which was founded in the year 1976 and currently is the organization of Latino Business with the largest community of active members in the United States of America. For over 30 years, one of its primary objectives is to generate the appropriate environment for the economic growth its members, through promotion, training, education and the generation of local and international opportunities for commercial and technological trade.
The DCE is the operating arm for foreign trade for the Chiapas State Government, and manager of the Economic Development Secretary, whose main objective is to generate international trade opportunities to further the development of both importation and exportation trade and channels of commerce which provide the greatest benefit to micro, small, medium and large businesses in Chiapas. Thus, as part of these overall objectives, it seeks to create innovative alliances to build the highest economic growth for both its enterprises, and the state.
As both entities converge in maintaining a commitment to guiding and developing companies within the international framework, sharing vital information, supporting the penetration of global markets and generating logistic strategies that decrease distance, tariff, linguistic and cultural barriers, the signing of this cooperation agreement is promoted.
Purpose of the Agreement:
The purpose of this International Cooperation Agreement is:
- To formalize the commitment of both sides in having a closer relationship and taking the opportunity that it represents for LBA Member business owners, and the corporate sector within Chiapas State.
- To combine the capabilities of both sides for strengthening the work environment, and leveraging that strength to improve representation of Latin businesses throughout the world.
- For both sides to engage in innovative commercial and technological exchange, in order to generate new opportunities for economic growth for the involved sectors.
This Cooperation Agreement will promote:
- Holding of meetings of trade and technological exchanges. The LBA is committed to creating trade links between companies in Chiapas and businesses associated with the LBA, throughout the world. The LBA will share its services, its associated directory and exhibition spaces, in order to facilitate trade and technological exchanges. Different meetings will take place, which are classified in the following way:
a. Trade mission for LBA International Suppliers: when one or more Chiapas companies that are affiliated with the LBA, visiting the locations of one or more enterprises associated with the LBA but located in another country, with a trade objective or technological exchange.
b. Trade mission for LBA International Customers: when one or more companies that are not located in Chiapas but affiliated with the LBA, visiting the locations of one or more enterprises from Chiapas and affiliated with the LBA, with a trade objective or technological exchange.
c. Expos and fairs: trade events, where enterprises from Chiapas display their products and services targeted to the public or special groups. These events can be performed anywhere in the world.
- Sharing office space. Sharing of physical spaces for handling correspondence and customer attention, where both sides will be supplied with stationery materials, office furniture and the use of facilities and other services at no cost.
a. DCE office that is available for the use of the LBA is located in:
Centro Pymexporta: Palacio de Gobierno Avenida Insurgentes
b. LBA office that is available for the use of Chiapas companies is located in:
Union Bank Building: 120 South San Pedro Street, Suite 530, Los Angeles, California 90012 United States of America
- Sign up for Chiapas enterprises as active members of the LBA. In order to receive the benefits as participants in this cooperative agreement, Chiapas enterprises must sign up as LBA active members
Partnership signed this day, 20th of the month of June, in the year 2011 by:
Juan Sabines Guerrero
Governor of the State of Chiapas, Mexico
Chairman and CEO of the Latin Business Association
Chiapas, officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Chiapas (translated as Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas) is one of the 31 states that, along with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. The capital city of Chiapas is Tuxtla Gutierrez, and within it are a total of 118 individual municipalities. Other major cites in Chiapas include San Cristóbal de las Casas, Comitán, and Tapachula.
Chiapas is located in the southwestern portion Mexico, and it is the southernmost state. Chiapas is bordered to the north by the state of Tabasco, Veracruz to the northwest and Oaxaca to the west. To the east, Chiapas is bordered by the country of Guatemala, and to the south lies the Pacific Ocean.
Generally, Chiapas has a humid, tropical climate. Rainfall can exceed 120 inches per year in the northern region near Teapa, which borders Tabasco. In the past, the natural vegetation in this region was mostly lowland, tall perennial rainforest; however, the vast clearing of lands to meet the insatiable demands of agriculture and ranching has seen it all but destroyed. Moving south towards the Pacific Ocean, average rainfall amounts decrease but are still sufficient to allow the growing of bananas and many other tropical fruit crops, primarily in the areas near Tapachula. Along the center of Chiapas, on the several “sierras” or mountain ranges which run parallel to one another, the climate can be considerably more temperate and foggy, just the right the conditions for the forming of “cloud forests”, such as those of the Reserva de la Biosfera el Triunfo, where the beautiful but rare Quetzals and Horned Guans can be seen.
The ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak and Chinkultic are located within the state of Chiapas, as is one Mexico’s largest indigenous populations, with twelve federally-recognized ethnicities represented there. Much of the history of the State of Chiapas involves the subjugation of these peoples, along with their occasional rebellions. The last such rebellion was the 1994 Zapatista uprising, which resulted in the establishing of new rights for indigenous people but also the manifestation of divisions among many of them.