Massachusetts shares a strong relationship with Panama, that has grown since COPA Airlines added a non-stop flight from Logan Airport to Panama City in 2012 and the Panamanian government has developed a growth strategy focused on science. In 2013, Panama was Massachusetts’ 84th ranked import partner, with Massachusetts importing approximately $4.34 million worth of goods and services; additionally Panama was Massachusetts’ 51st ranked export partner, with Massachusetts exporting approximately $22.5 million worth of goods and services. In Panama, the Governor and the delegation met with Dr. Ruben Berrocal, Panama’s Minister of Science, CAPAtec, the Panamanian Chamber of Information Technology and Communications, officials that oversee the Panama Canal, and innovation leaders in Panama’s “City of Knowledge.” The Panama Canal is currently undergoing an expansion that once complete will potentially double the inputs and outputs through the Conley Container Terminal in South Boston.
Massachusetts and Mexico share a strong, established relationship that with the proper cultivation has the potential to develop significantly. In 2013, Mexico was Massachusetts’ 3rd ranked import partner, with Massachusetts importing approximately $3.37 billion worth of goods and services. Mexico was Massachusetts’ 3rd ranked export partner, with Massachusetts exporting approximately $1.86 billion worth of goods and services. Similar to the Patrick Administration, the Pena Nieto Administration has pursued a growth strategy that invests in education, innovation, and infrastructure. While in Mexico, Governor Patrick will meet with several high-ranking members of the Pena Nieto Administration to share best practices, and discuss how to best cultivate the Massachusetts-Mexico relationship. The Governor and delegation also met with leaders in Mexico’s clean energy, big data, life sciences and transportation sectors. In Mexico, Governor Patrick and the delegation will be joined by leaders of clean energy technology companies, including Tod Hynes of XL Hybrids, Tom Pincince of Digital Lumens, Nadav Efraty of Desalitech and Paul Sellew of Harvest Power.