2013 XX Congreso del Comercio Exterior Mexicano: “Innovación, Factor para un Comercio Exterior más Competitivo” (COMCE / 20th Mexican Foreign Trade Congress: “Innovation, a factor for more competitive foreign trade”)

The purpose of the congress was to analyze important matters on the national agenda that had an impact on matters related to international trade operations, for the purpose of fostering Mexico’s development and competitiveness. This dialogue allowed an exchange of experiences between participants and authorities with regard to foreign trade, as well as topics of key importance to the business community.

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