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International Affairs August 2009 Update

San Antonio World Wise

Second monthly TV show on San Antonio-Dresden Economic and Cultural Alliance - July 8, 2009:

Jose Vega, Chief of Protocol, hosted the second edition of the new IAD TV show "San Antonio World Wise" featuring the business and cultural links between San Antonio and Germany.   Ben Buecker, Honorary Consul of Germany, discussed Mayor Hardberger's official trade mission to Germany in February 2009 and the value of San Antonio's partnership with one of the fastest growing regions in Europe.   The second segment of the show featured San Antonio Historian Theresa Gold, author of several essays on German immigration to San Antonio during the 19th and 20th century.   The show will air three times a week on TVSA during the month of August and will be available on-line through COSA's main website, as well as the IAD website.

Foreign Exchange Dinner

IAD hosts first quarterly Foreign Exchange Dinner—July 29, 2009:

This quarterly event provided a unique forum for San Antonio’s Consular Corps to mingle with local business leaders and explore global business opportunities, as well as new ways to enhance our community’s international image.   Consular attendees included local representatives of Belgium/Czech Republic, Botswana, France, Germany, Italy , Mexico and Spain.   On the business side, attendees included executives from: Cambridge Realty Group, Clear Channel, Cloudstreak Consulting, Jackson Walker, IDZ Technologies, Rackspace and Sushi Zushi.   

The event was underwritten by the corporate hosts.  



From left: Patrick Shearer, Cambridge Realty; Hector Gomez, IDZ Technologies; Alfonso Tomita, Sushi Zushi; Francesco Cristadoro, Consular Correspondent of Italy; Elizabeth Costello, City of San Antonio; Marcelo Tamez, Jackson Walker; Andres Gutierrez, Cloudstreak Consulting; Inigo Arzac, City of San Antonio

Epicenter of Trade with Mexico

The Economist Magazine hails Texas as a boom state, highlights San Antonio’s role as the epicenter of US trade with Mexico—July 9, 2009: 

The Economist’s US editor, Christopher Lockwood, hailed San Antonio as “the most interesting city in the United States at the moment” in an interview posted on the magazine’s website regarding his 10-page report on Texas.   Mr. Lockwood credits the location of the Toyota assembly plant in part to San Antonio’s unique linkages with Mexico.   The entire report can be found here.

The Economist is a renowned weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd. and edited in London.   Continuous publication began in 1843.


Visit by Madrid Network

Visit by Madrid Network to San Antonio–July 22, 2009: 

Governor Perry’s Office invited San Antonio’s international stakeholders to present their services and business opportunities with Spain.   Madrid Network was established by the Spanish regional government as a focal point in promoting innovation and technology.   The organization is charged with developing linkages for Madrid’s industrial clusters that compliment very well San Antonio’s targeted industries.   After meeting with San Antonio organizations, Dr. Jose Carlos Cano Montejano, Director of International Relations for the organization confirmed that San Antonio would indeed be a good place for any Spanish company to establish, as they expand into the US market.   The entrepreneurial support system and unique qualities San Antonio exemplifies will drive a continued dialogue with Dr. Montejano to define future projects.  


Aerospace Forum

IDZ Technologies and IAD Host Aerospace Forum—September 2009:

IDZ Technologies, an aerospace equipment manufacturing company offering patented systems for inventory control based on RFID technology is partnering with IAD to host a forum focused on the aerospace industry sector in early September.   The forum will engage local aerospace businesses and stakeholders to discuss trends in the industry.   As a result of their initial trade mission, the company is researching the viability of expanding their manufacturing capacity and   possibly locate in San Antonio.   IDZ Technologies currently has a contract with the US Air Force.   For more information, please contact Hugo Lizarraga.


Mexican Investments

Mexican investment through the Casas–September thru October 2009:

In the coming weeks, nine confirmed incoming trade missions are programmed representing the technology, recycling, footwear, restaurant equipment, high- end decorative products, industrial food products, software, construction products and distribution sectors.   For more information, please contact Inigo Arzac, Global Trade & Foreign Investment Manager.

For information on other international events, visit the NEW International Calendar of Events.

If you and your company are interested in exporting or importing products or services we recommend you contact Iñigo Arzac, International Trade and Investment Manager, for information on the IAD’s business assistance services.   If you have any questions regarding the items published in this newsletter, please contact Jose M. Vega, Chief of Protocol, at 210-207-8102.