Mexican consulate in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS • Mayor Bart Peterson welcomed Mexican Consul General Carlos Sada of Mexico’s Chicago office to Indianapolis to sign a lease for the Republic of Mexico’s new Indianapolis Consulate. The new consulate ­ which will open in the next month­ will serve a three-state region including Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

General Consul Sada also said that the new consul for Indianapolis will be Sergio Aguilera Beteta, who is currently Mexican Consul General in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

“The fact that Indianapolis was chosen for this new consulate shows the true international status and recognition we have achieved,” Mayor Peterson said. “This consulate will make it easier for our Mexican neighbors to have access to the services of their homeland, and make it easier for local companies to sell their products and do business with Mexican consumers.”

The Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs has been working for about two years with the Mexican government, the State of Indiana and City-County Councillor Karen Celestino Horseman on this project. To help move the process along, Mayor Peterson offered rent-free space for two years in Union Station for the new consulate.

The Mayor pointed out several advantages of having the consulate in Indianapolis:

* Trade and economic development. Mexico is Indiana’s second largest trading partner, and trade with Mexico helps support 44,000 Hoosier jobs. Exports from Indiana to Mexico increased 173 percent from 1999 to 2000 and totaled $2.2 billion in 2000. The consulate will be another direct link between the Mexican government and Indiana companies on trade and economic development.

* Increased travel to and through Indianapolis. Currently, Mexican nationals throughout the Midwest travel to Chicago to obtain necessary services, such as passports and visas. Soon, they can travel and bring their business to Indianapolis to obtain those same services here.

* Service for Mexican residents of central Indiana. Indianapolis has had one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation, who also travel to Chicago to obtain services. Soon, they will be able to stay right here in Indianapolis for the same services.

A consulate represents a national government and provides assistance and protection to its nationals in the receiving state. There are three levels of Mexican consulates: consulates general, consulates and consular sections. Indianapolis will host a consulate. Each consulate is assigned a territory of a receiving state, known as a “consular district.”