LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Eric Garcetti was in Mexico City Monday on a four-day trip to promote trade with the city of Los Angeles.
Garcetti is leading a delegation of executives from the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board as part of the trade mission, which marks Garcetti’s first as mayor.
Officials say Mexico is a critical partner for the Los Angeles economy as the city’s second-largest export market and one of Los Angeles County’s largest sources of foreign investment.
According to the Brookings 2013 Metro North America report, total trade between metro Los Angeles and Mexico was $14.91 billion in 2010, while trade between L.A. and Mexico City alone amounted to $2.18 billion.
Garcetti told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the delegation will work with the city’s partners in Mexico to secure opportunities that will lead to job creation in Los Angeles.