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George Mason University Apprehension and Uncertainty: Mexico in Regional and Global Perspective March 6 - 14, 2010 Saturday, March 6 (Casual dress) Upon arrival into MEX, participants are directed to taking a taxi from the (secure taxi kiosk located outside of customs) to the hotel (approx 12 USD). Hotel Gillow, Isabel la Católica #17, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Tel. 011+52-55-5510-0791, firstname.lastname@example.org) 7:15 pm Depart from lobby for the Hotel Majestic 7:30 pm Group Dinner in Mexico City at the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Majestic, overlooking the Mexico City square, (Avenida Madero 73, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, 5521-8600) Sunday, March 7 (Casual dress) Breakfast starts at 8:00 am (give your breakfast ticket to the waiter) 8:45- 9:15am Meet in hotel meeting room for orientation and review of schedule 9:15- 10:15am CURRENT EVENTS, Prof Charles Goff, Director of the Cemanahauc Educational Community 10:30am Depart from hotel for field trip to Teotihuacan and visit to Plaza of Three Cultures. Lunch (included as part of the program) near the ruin site at the restaurant of “the Angel of Teotihuacan” (the owner is the woman who led the fight against Walmart). She will give a brief talk on THE POWER OF ONE. Dinner on your own Monday, March 8 (Business casual dress in the am, Business dress after lunch) Breakfast starts at 8:00 am (give your breakfast ticket to the waiter) 9:00 - 10:45am DEMOCRACY IN MEXCIO: TAKING THE PULSE, by Dr. Dan Lund, President of MundAmericas (a large polling company and Global demographics for IT and the News Media www.mundamericas.com) 10:45- 11:00 Break 11:00- 12:15 TRANSNATIONAL MANAGEMENT by Gordon Viberg, former Director for InterContinental Hotels and Resorts Latin America and past President of the National Tourism Chamber (CNET Consejo Nacional Empresarial Turístico) Lunch on your own 2:15pm Departure from hotel lobby for US Embassy 3:00- 5:00 US- MEXICO RELATIONS VISIT TO US EMBASSY for official briefings: Commercial and Political section and the Foreign Agriculture Department 7:15pm Depart hotel lobby for Café Tacuba (Tacuba #28, between Allende and Motolinia, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 5518-4950 ) 7:30 pm Keynote speaker on MEXICAN FINANCIAL POLICY Miguel Siliceo, Administrative Director of BANOBRAS (The Mexican Development Bank) Tuesday, March 9 (Business casual dress in the am, business dress after 5:00pm) Breakfast starts at 8:00 am (give your breakfast ticket to the waiter) 9:00–10:30am MEXICAN MILITARY, SECURITY ISSUES AND THE DRUG WAR by Laura Carlsen, journalist with IRC Online, Americas Program 11:00 am BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN MEXICO (ROLE OF SMALL AND MEDIMUM ENTERPRISE) by Eduardo Aguilar, CEO of Displays Mexico Lunch on your own 2:00 pm THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF MEXICO as illustrated by Diego Rivera, visit to the Presidential Palace, with Francisco Guerrero, journalist (Uno Mas Uno, La Jornada, La Jornada Morelos and El Regional) and organizer of the citizen’s movement for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Morelos (July 2005 - June 2006). Meet in the lobby for 2:00pm departure 5:30 pm Depart for American Chamber of Commerce Dinner 7:00pm Introduction by Alberto Vilar, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors MetLife Mexico 7:30 pm Welcome by The Honorable Carlos Pascual, Ambassador of the United States of America to Mexico 8:00pm Dinner keynote PREPARING FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS: U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS, Jorge Castañeda, Political Analyst Wednesday, March 10 (Business dress) 7:45am Depart for the breakfast and meetings at the American Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Camino Real Polanco. 9:00am Keynote by The Honorable Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of the United Mexican States 10:00 REFLECTIONS ON THE BICENTENNIAL: WHERE TO FROM HERE? Moderated by Adriana Pérez Cañed, News Anchorwoman; Guest speakers: Luis de la Calle, Managing Director, De la Calle, Madrazo, Mancera Carlos Fuentes, Novelist and Sociologist / Novelista y Sociólogo Rossana Fuentes Berain, Editorial Vice President, Grupo Editorial Expansión Jesús Silva Herzog-Márquez, Professor in the Department of Law, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México 11:30am MEASURING UP AGAINST KEY COMPETITORS: CHINA, INDIA,BRAZIL Moderated by Deborah L. Riner, Chief Economist, American Chamber; Guest speakers: Herminio Blanco, President and General Director / Soluciones Estratégicas Luiz Carlos Ferezin , President Accenture Mexcio, Carlos Heredia, Associate Professor in the Mexico-China Study Unit 1:00pm DEEPENING REGIONAL INTEGRATION: DEFINING THE PRIVATE SECTOR’S ROLE Moderated by Ricardo Raphael, Political Analyst; Guest speakers: John D. Feeley, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the USA Claudio X. González, President of the Management Board, Kimberly-Clark de México, Helio Magalhães, President and General Manager, American Express Company Mexico, Roberto Newell, General Director, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, The Honorable Guillermo Rischynski, Ambassador of Canada to Mexico 2:00pm LUNCH hosted by The Honorable Ernesto Cordero, Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público 4:45pm LOGISTICS& INFRASTRUCTURE: DEVELOPING A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE Moderated by David Eaton, Director of Sales and Marketing, Kansas City Southern México; Guest speakers José Acosta Vice President of Latin American Operations, United Parcel Service de México, George Blackwood, President North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition, Juan Francisco Molinar Horcasitas, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes 5:45pm NETWORKING COCKTAIL 7:00 pm Meet at Camino Real LOBBY entrance for group transportation back to Hotel Gillow. Dinner on your own Thursday, March 11 (Business casual) Breakfast anytime after 8:00am (give your breakfast ticket to the waiter) 9:00 am Depart Mexico City for Cuernavaca and transfer to Hotel La Casona (Galeana 119, Colonia Centro, tel. 314-2993 www.lacasonacuernavaca.com) 12:00pm Check-in to Hotel La Casona 1:00 pm Lunch in the garden at Cemanahuac 1:30 - 3:30pm COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL MEXICO (Health and Poverty), Dr. Susan Smith Director of Atzin Mexico (www.atzin.org), specializing in community development especially in health and water issues. 5:00-7:00pm CULURTAL FOUNDATIONS OF MEXICAN BUSINESS, Betty Ramos, cross-cultural business specialist and President of the Geo-Cultural Group 7:00pm Depart from hotel for reception at Las Mañanitas with our guest Gabriel Haddad, local congressman from the PRI party and head of the Commission on Economic Development Friday, March 12 Industrial Site Visit (business casual/close-toed shoes required) Breakfast anytime after 7:00am 9:30am Depart from hotel for a factory visit to the Mosaic Glass Workshop of Mosaicos Venecianos (Compositores 150) followed by a Q and A with Malena Perdomo, Director of Exporting (www.mosaicosvenecianos.com and www.tallerperdomo.com.mx) 1:30pm Lunch at La Palapa restaurant in Alpuyeca After lunch: Visit to the Cebadilla agave distillery in Miacatlan with Maurilio Zamorano and a briefing on RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES Evening: Visit to the Hacienda Vista Hermosa for group photo and relaxing. Dinner on your own. Saturday, March 13 Breakfast anytime between 7:00-10:00 am 11:00- 6:00pm Visit the silver city of Taxco 7:00 pm Depart from hotel for our closing dinner: A Mexican Fiesta Sunday, March 15 There are airport buses that run every half hour directly from Cuernavaca to the Mexico City airport terminal. Please check the bus schedule in your packet. Plan to depart 3.5 or 4 hours before flight time. Continental, Delta, and Aeromexico depart from Terminal 2 and all other airlines from Terminal 1. The bus stops at both terminals. Appropriate Dress: Casual Dress is jeans or slacks and a golf shirt/ pullover. Sandals are fine. Business Casual dress is nice slacks and a button down (tie is not necessary but no T-shirts, no casual sandals, no sun/casual shirts or sundresses for the ladies). Ladies should be in slacks/skirt and a dress shirt or a dress. Business Dress is a suit and tie or a sports coat and tie for the men and a suit or dress (not a sundress) for the ladies with appropriate business looking shoes (no casual sandals). *The schedule may change or be modified at any time.
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