LAREDO, Texas – The co-founder of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations gave a keynote speech at the recent Pathways For Trade Symposium in Laredo.

Agustín Barrios Gómez, a former federal congressman, spoke in depth about U.S.-Mexico relations. He said he believes the relationship with Mexico to be the most important the United States has. “I believe this and I can argue it ’til the cows come home,” he said.

Agustín Barrios Gómez

Barrios Gómez listed a number of statistics in support of this contention.

“It turns out that Mexico and the United States are the two most integrated countries on the planet. I am talking order of magnitude. It is not even open for discussion. We have the most legally crossed border on the planet, 350,000 legal border crossings through 330 ports of entry,” Barrios Gómez said.

Before Barrios Gómez spoke, there were brief remarks from IBC Bank President Dennis E. Nixon. IBC Bank co-sponsored the Pathways For Trade Symposium, along with Laredo Economic Development Corporation.

Nixon’s remarks are at the start of the podcast. Barrios Gómez’s speech starts ten minutes into the podcast.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above feature shows Agustín Barrios Gómez giving a keynote speech at the Pathways For Trade Symposium held at Texas A&M International University on Sept. 10, 2019. Barrios Gómezspoke at a reception hosted by IBC Bank.(Photo: RGG/Steve Taylor)

Editor’s Note: The above feature is the third in a three-part series focusing on the analysis of Agustín Barrios Gómez. Clickhereto read Part One and here to read Part Two.