Covid-19 Supply Chain Challenges in Mexico and Latin America: The Perspective from Mexico

September 21, 2020 - 3:00 pm
Brian Brisson and Jorge L. Torres
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During the severe health and economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, one constant has been the heightened public awareness of global supply chains and their impact on acute shortages of essential products like face masks and ventilators. No two economies are more closely connected by supply chains across many industries than the United States and Mexico. This webinar will highlight how Covid-19 transformed the business and political ties between the U.S. and Mexico, based on insights from two individuals uniquely positioned to navigate the Covid-19 crisis on a daily basis. Topics will include the impact of the reorganization of global supply chains and opportunities for Mexico and Latin America; new strategies and opportunities for US and Mexican corporations in the region; logistics and the role of digital trade. 

Gary Gereffi (Emeritus Professor, and Director, Duke Global Value Chains Center) will moderate the discussion with two experts: Brian Brisson (former Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Mexico) and Jorge L. Torres (President, FedEx Express Mexico and President, American Chamber of Commerce Mexico).

Brian Brisson recently retired from the Foreign Service after completing a five-year term as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at U.S. Embassy in Mexico City in July 2020.  Brian's primary role was coordinating broad commercial engagement to advance U.S. policy, advocacy, and trade promotion goals, as well as supporting U.S. firms operating in Mexico and Mexican firms investing in the United States. Previously, Brian served as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília, Brazil, and the Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere in the International Trade Administration in Washington. His other diplomatic assignments have included serving as the Regional Commercial Counselor for Argentina and Uruguay in Buenos Aires, the Director of the U.S. Commercial Center in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Regional Commercial Attaché for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Brian Brisson is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese, and currently serves on the University of Notre Dame’s Latin America and Caribbean Advisory Council. 

Jorge Torres started his career in FedEx Express 30 years ago, becoming president of the company 8 years ago, leading a dynamic team of more than 8 thousand employees. Jorge is the first Mexican leading the business in the country. Jorge joined the Customer Experience area, later he was Quality and Service Assurance Manager for Mexico and Central America, Engineering Manager, Operation Managing Director for 10 years, being responsible of airports, customs and logistics operations. Later, he was Planning and Engineering Director, leading the integration process of the acquisition of Multipack. Jorge holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications by Universidad del Valle de México, a Masters Degree in Quality by Universidad La Salle, and an MBA by EGADE Business School del Tec de Monterrey.

Gary Gereffi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Value Chains Center at Duke University.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. degree from Yale University. Gary has published over a dozen books and numerous articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development, and he is one of the originators of the global value chains framework. 

This webinar is hosted by Giovanni Zanalda, Director, the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS)/Rethinking Diplomacy Program (RDP).

This event is the fourth webinar in the RDP "COVID-19 and Global Supply Chain Series" organized by DUCIGS with the support of the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund – highlights of previous events. This event is supported by  Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. This event is open to the public, but registration is required. Please click HERE to register. 

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
  • Rethinking Diplomacy