2020 Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit to Promote Collaboration and Understanding between
Mexico and the United States
Washington, DC - Sister Cities International has selected El Paso and Ciudad Juárez as the host cities for the
Mexico – U.S. Sister Cities Mayors’ Summit. This year’s summit is a continuation of the Mexico-U.S. bilateral
summit series, which began in Guadalajara in 2018. This Summit is the culmination of the binational and
community-driven activities the two countries and cities have undertaken since 2018.
From Feb. 26-28, 2020, mayors, municipal officials, entrepreneurs, academics, and civic leaders will engage
citizen diplomats in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Attendees will be able to connect and
network with leaders from across the globe and experience the unique binational culture of the Mexican-U.S.
The Summit will feature a plethora of speakers and special guests with years of experience in business,
government, and diplomacy. They include Texas Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs, Mayor of El Paso Dee
Margo, Mayor of Ciudad Juárez Armando Cabada, President and CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber
of Commerce Al Zapanta and Consul General of Mexico in El Paso Mauricio Ibarra, among others.
“This gathering will showcase the importance of binational friendship and collaboration between Mexico and
the United States and will reinforce the importance of community-to-community relations that inform, enrich,
and strengthen bilateral dialogue,” said SCI President and CEO, Leroy Allala. “With over 159 partnerships
between Mexico and the United States, the Summit will allow citizens from both communities to come
together and discuss their diplomatic efforts.”
This will be the fourth in this series of bi-national summits, designed to strengthen Sister City relationships in
key countries. The Summit will host informative sessions and forums from industry leaders, designed for
attendees to socialize, network, and learn. Panels will explore topics ranging from journalism across borders,
to strengthening the binational economy through investment in education and workforce, and the role of
sports in diplomacy. The Summit will include signature events highlighting major attractions in the two cities.
“The United States and Mexico have had a thriving relationship which is a testament to how both nations can
come together to solve internal and external challenges,” remarked Ron Nirenberg, Chairman of Sister Cities
International and Mayor of the City of San Antonio. “The historical linkages between Mexico and the U.S.
transcend international borders and this Summit will provide an opportunity for experts in diverse fields to
come together and discuss how these cultural, economic, and historical ties make our two nations stronger.”
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The Summit is co-hosted by the cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and includes support from a diverse
group of organizations and corporate sponsors.
“It is imperative that we shift the conversation to the positives of our relationship at the sub-national level.
The citizens of the United States and Mexico have strong and longstanding connections that go beyond
politics,” noted Peter Svarzbein, SCI Board member and El Paso District 1 Councilmember. “Juárez and El
Paso are one community, with a shared culture, economy, and history. Our past, present and future are
interconnected and always will be.
To learn more about the All Mexico-U.S. Sister Cities Summit, go to sistercities.org/event/mexico-u-s-sistercities-summit/.
About Sister Cities International: Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister
Cities International serves as the national membership organization for close to 500 individual sister cities,
counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 1,800 communities in 138 countries on six
continents. The sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work
tirelessly to promote the organizations’ mission of creating world peace and understanding through economic
development, youth and education, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance.