Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chavez Moran: A Public Forum with Mexican President Calderón

Daniel Chavez Moran, philanthropist and founder of the Vidanta Foundation which works with internationally recognized institutions from all across the Americas to promote the study of intra-Latin American relations, recommends a recent video of Mexican President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa at a public forum cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Council of the Americas.

According to the Woodrow Wilson Center, an affiliated institution of the Vidanta Foundation: 

“In his prepared remarks given in English, Calderon stressed the deep economic interdependence that exists between the United States and Mexico and noted that one million U.S. families are employed by Mexican-owned companies. Calderon gave his remarks before a capacity crowd of approximately 600 attendees in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.”

In his address at the forum, which followed a day of meetings with U.S. leaders, including President Barack Obama, President Calderon “stressed the need for shared responsibility between Mexico and the United States in dealing with transnational organized crime groups. He compared organized crime to a ‘cancer’ plaguing Mexico, and highlighted his government's efforts to eradicate it.” 

President Calderon also “called on both countries to do more about migration. He noted that out-migration from Mexico is not good for Mexico and requires that Mexico do more in economic development. He also pledged to sign an immigration bill that would protect the right of migrants in Mexico in the coming weeks once Congress approves it. However, he noted that it was also important to create legal channels for Mexicans and others to come to the United States to work with legal documents.”

Watch the online video here. And for more about the philanthropy of retired businessman Daniel Chavez Moran, the Vidanta Foundation and Mexico’s path to the future, read here.

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