CORPORATE COUNCIL OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN SOLIDARITY FOUNDATION TO HOLD IMPORTANT MEETING TO ANALYZE RELATIONS BETWEEN MEXICO AND MEXICANS IN THE UNITED STATES

Mexico City—November 14, 2002—The 19th Annual Meeting of the Corporate Council of Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation (Consejo Directivo de la Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano-Americana), the only bi-national, private and non-profit entity that fosters relations between Mexico and Mexican-Americans and promotes trade, educational and cultural cooperation between the two communities, will take place Nov. 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.

The meeting will bring together leaders of four nation-wide Mexican-American organizations, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the American G.I. Forum, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Also attending the meeting to analyze the state of Mexican and Mexican-American relations as well as to agree on new projects of mutual interest to both communities will be academic experts from both sides of the border, Mexican business people and government representatives from the departments of Foreign Relations and Education.

The time is right to analyze and foster improved relations among Mexicans given that there are 23 million people of Mexican origin in the United States that have achieved representation and gained new seats in Congress and state legislatures. A migration agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is also apparently about to be reactivated.

During the past nine years, the Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation has endeavored to promote a better understanding among Mexicans on both sides of the border as well as to develop various cooperation programs, particularly in areas of common interest. The joined efforts translate into better living conditions for Mexicans in two countries that share the same roots and a common cultural heritage.

Now, with the support of its organization’s Corporate Council, which is made up of eight of Mexico’s largest companies — Bimbo, Jumex, La Costeña, Grupo Modelo, Telmex, Gruma, Elektra and Televisa — as well as the CONMEXICO organization, the foundation starts a new stage and will reach an agreement in Washington about innovative mechanisms to improve its strategies for fostering better cooperation and understanding between the two communities.

The meeting, participants will also pay a well-deserved homage to Raúl Yzaguirre, one of the most renowned Mexican-American leaders, in recognition of almost a decade of service as president of the Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano-Americana.

CONTACT:

Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano Americana, A.C.

Salvador Ramirez

Tel. (011) (+52) (55) 5658.4333