With border security front and center in national debate, a symposium co-hosted by ASU intends to link that issue to mutual economic security among the United States, Canada and Mexico – the largest trading bloc in the world – and how both issues impact Arizona’s business community. The March 18-19 event is being organized by ASU’s North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at the university’s Downtown Phoenix campus and the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
“Trilateral Border Issue Symposium” will provide a forum for scholars, practitioners, business organizations and government officials from all three countries to examine and evaluate cross-border trade challenges facing Arizona business owners. By comparing and contrasting a wide range of activities on the U.S. northern and southern borders, participants from places including Mexico City, Ottawa and Washington, D.C., should come away with greater insight into solving border problems both north and south, said Rick Van Schoik, NACTS director.
Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company, plans to sell $2 billion of 10-year notes in the U.S., a person familiar with the offering said.
Emerging-market issuers are returning to debt markets after the global financial crisis cut off access to credit last year. Mexico’s government was the first, selling $2 billion of 10-year bonds on Dec. 18. Last week, Codelco, Chile’s state-owned copper producer, raised $600 million to refinance debt in its biggest dollar bond offering and first since 2006.