Published On: Fri, Sep 11th, 2015

New U.S. consul to meet expats at Mérida event Sept. 18

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The U.S. Consulate in Merida and the The Yucatan Times will co-sponsor an event Friday Sept. 18 to provide the American expatriate community a chance to get acquainted with new U.S. Consul General David Micó.

The free event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Hennesey´s Irish Pub in Merida, at Paseo de Montejo  No. 486A, between 41 and 43, Colonia Centro, 97000.

The event will offer Americans residing and visiting in the Merida area an opportunity to discuss their questions and concerns with the U.S. government´s highest representative in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Consul Micó was introduced Aug. 18 as the replacement for the previous Consul, Sonya Tsiros. Consul Micó will serve for three years to represent the U.S. in the states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

According to the consulate, approximately 4,500 American expats live in Yucatan currently.

Mr. David Micó arrived in Mérida on Aug. 10.

  • He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in International Relations from the George Washington University.
  • A Masters Degree in Strategic Resources from the National Defense University.
  • At the beginning of his career, Mr. Micó spent time working at the Consulates of Hungary and El Salvador.
  • Deputy head of the consular section in Kiev, Ucrania from 2002 – 2005.
  • U.S. Consul in Barcelona, Spain from 2005 – 2008.
  • U.S. Consul in Taskent, Uzbekistan from 2009 – 2012.
  • Chief of Consular Affairs in Washington DC from 2012 to 2014.

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His father was Spanish and his mother American. He is married with children and claims to be “very happy” to be in Mérida. He states all he has heard about the city is good and positive.

Mr. Micó has declared that an important part of his work as Consul is to strengthen ties between the Yucatan and the U.S. and look out for the safety and security of American citizens residing in the Peninsula.

The new Consul has stressed that the consulate promotes cultural and educational exchange. He has already met with top administrators of the Autonomous University of Yucatan, and UADY and the consulate are planning a major educational event at which more than 20 U.S. universities will offer spaces for students wishing to study there.

Mr. Micó has also said that he will seek to bring investment and promote business between Yucatan and the United States.

The diplomat has expressed his interest in learning about the expat community living in the Peninsula, to get to know them closely and to ask them why they decided to move down here.

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