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According to the Global Marketplace... US & Mexico are Leading the Way

exeqfind | 22.05.2013

The QualiFind Group’s membership in IRC Global Executive Search Partners provides us with constant interaction between partners in 35 countries around the world.  As a boutique executive search and recruiting firm, our interaction with other IRC members provides us with a global perspective that would be difficult to attain otherwise.

The QualiFind Group’s membership in IRC Global Executive Search Partners provides us with constant interaction between partners in 35 countries around the world.  As a boutique executive search and recruiting firm, our interaction with other IRC members provides us with a global perspective that would be difficult to attain otherwise.

Over the past five years in IRC we have become more acutely aware that the United States and Mexico share much more than a common border.  We have witnessed great interest from the clients of our IRC partners from all over the world as they look at both countries as potential destinations for investment.  Much of Europe is mired in crisis and the historically cheap labor in Asia is becoming not-so-cheap which is making conditions ripe for the clients of our IRC partners to conduct due diligence in North America.

Earlier this month this opportunity was underscored even further when US President Barack Obama traveled to Mexico City to visit Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.   According to Obama, “the US and Mexico now make up one of the largest economic relationships in the world.  Trade between our two countries is now beyond $500 billion which is well over $1 billion every day.”

At a joint press conference with Mexican President Peña Nieto, Obama announced that the US and Mexico have agreed to create a high-level dialogue that will foster trade and commerce between the two nations.  Obama said that for the first time, “we will have the Mexican economic cabinet with their counterparts from various government agencies from the United States, as well as high-ranking officials.”  Vice President Joe Biden will represent the US side in the binational dialogue whose stated goal is to further strengthen the economic integration beyond the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  “For this purpose, we have agreed that during the fall of this year, this high-level group will meet for the first time with the attendance of high-ranking officials to start working in the area of the economy,” Obama said during the meeting with Nieto.

While the global economy is still arguably in a recession, those of us serving the business interests in the NAFTA region have much to be thankful for.  This past year saw EADS (the parent company of Airbus and Eurocopter) launch plans for a major aircraft assembly plant in Alabama while at the same time Mexico has been the recipient of new automotive assembly plants from Audi, BMW, Honda and Nissan.   And as for those of us in The QualiFind Group….  We are proud to have had our MaquilaFind practice chosen by Audi to be their recruiting partner for their new startup in San Jose Chiapa.

Warren Carter is an executive search consultant with ExeQfind.  Warren is passionate about helping clients from all over the world find the talent they need to lead and manage their organizations in the US and Mexico.   He enjoys the challenges inherent in matching people that both meet client’s needs as well as them being compatible with the culture of the organization.  Warren can be reached at (619) 921-1795 

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