August 20, 2015, 9:00 AM

When: Thursday, August 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. Where: Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa 3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85745 San Xavier Room The president of Mexico's largest industrial chamber organization, CANACINTRA (National Chamber of Industry Transformation), will sign a collaborative agreement with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and its partners pledging to support and promote a web-based connection tool, ConnectBIEN.com. The move is the latest development in ongoing activities to strengthen and develop lasting economic partnerships between Arizona and Mexico. Mexico is the 15th largest economy in the world and conducts $15.9 billion in bilateral trade with Arizona each year. BIEN is an acronym for Building an International Economic Network. It encompasses a free business-to-business website that allows businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada to connect with each other across international boundaries to improve freight and trade. Currently, nearly 800 businesses have uploaded profiles to the site and are available for connection requests. Those accessing the site can search the extensive database network using the name of the business, industry categories, or geographic location.

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