Mexican consul general visits with GGC students

Salvador De Lara, consul general of Mexico, spoke to a group of Georgia Gwinnett College students and faculty yesterday about the strategic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Salvador De Lara, consul general of Mexico, spoke to a group of Georgia Gwinnett College students and faculty yesterday about the strategic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

De Lara’s appearance is part of the college’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"The U.S. and Mexico share a special relationship, as our economies are increasingly intertwined. It’s important that students today have a broad understanding of this relationship,” said Victoria Johnson, dean of the GGC School of Business. “We are very pleased that Mr. De Lara was able to join us and share his broad-based perspective with our students, many of whom will work for organizations that conduct business with Mexico.”

De Lara prefaced his comments by pointing out that no country can solve its problems by itself, emphasizing the often complex, intertwined relationships shared by various nations. In addition to clarifying many myths about his country, he addressed key issues shared by the U.S. and Mexico.

“Our border is not a division,” he said. “It is a bond of great opportunity…we cannot be successful unless we face problems together.”

De Lara is the consul general of Mexico for the three-state region of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.

He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master’s degree from the New School for Social Research in New York. He also has completed other graduate studies in both national and foreign institutions.

Within his nation’s executive branch, De Lara has worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as director general of Economic Relations with North America and Europe, as well as International Economic Negotiations and Regional and Multilateral Economic Organizations,

He also has served in positions within the Mexican president’s office, the Ministry of Programming and Budget and the Ministry of Fisheries. He has been counselor and minister for Economic Affairs in the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D. C.

De Lara is a career member of the Mexican Foreign Service. He has led, or participated in, numerous Mexican delegations to various international conferences and summits. Within Mexico’s legislative branch, he served as director general for Inter­parliamentary Relations and general coordinator of International Affairs and Protocol of the senate. He has been consultant to the World Bank and to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean within the United Nations Organization.

De Lara also is an experienced educator, having taught at the Matias Romero Institute for Diplomatic Studies, the Anahuac University, the Center of Teaching and Research in Economics, the Faculty of Economics in the UNAM and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico.

He has written 44 articles about the international economy, economic policy and economic development. He has given more than 100 lectures in Mexico and the U. S., as well as coordinated and participated in many seminars, congresses and short courses.

De Lara became a member of the Mexican Council of Foreign Affairs in 2004, and has been decorated by the governments of Portugal and Romania.

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