“What the hell is going on around the world?”
That question was at the forefront for former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who spoke at Metropolitan State University last week as part of his three-day visit to Denver.
Fox was in town for the Global Chamber Denver forum, with law firm sponsor Ballard Spahr. Fox, president from 2000 to 2006, held private one-on-one meetings with business leaders on Tuesday and discussed the opportunities for cross-border business at a Wednesday panel discussion with him, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard, and moderated by Metropolitan State University president Janine Davidson. Although Fox had individual remarks on the state of affairs on the continent and his concerns of nationalism around the world, the group discussed cooperation between their countries and the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Fox’s remarks focused on broad subjects that affect the U.S. and Mexico, such as democracy in Latin America, human rights, education and the role of leadership and institutions in the 21st century to “keep us with our feet on the ground” while also discussing the importance of citizens having the ability to control their own political destiny. The event turned more toward trade and immigration at a panel later on.