DELEGATION OF MAYORS, BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PROMOTE NAFTA, JOB CREATION, BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE & OTHER LOCAL PRIORITIES
Mexico City – Continuing to strengthen binational and economic ties with Mexico, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Tijuana Mayor Juan Manual Gastélum, regional border mayors and business leaders are in Mexico City this week for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 13th annual mission to Mexico’s capitol.
“San Diego’s relationship with our neighbors in Mexico is stronger and more connected than ever, and by sharing our story of binational collaboration we can achieve so much more. This trip is all about speaking with one voice so that we can keep international trade moving freely, improve infrastructure at our borders and help attract more investment to the region. I look forward to working with the San Diego Regional Chamber and our entire delegation on issues that matter to residents on both sides of the border.”
The annual advocacy trip begins Sunday and concludes Wednesday. The delegation includes three mayors from the San Diego region including Faulconer, Serge Dedina of Imperial Beach and Steve Vaus of Poway as well as Tijuana’s Gastélum and Gustavo Sanchez of Mexicali.
“It is increasingly important that we show our region’s ongoing support for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Our businesses, communities and quality of life depend on it,” said Jerry Sanders, Chamber President and CEO. “As a binational region we face unique challenges and opportunities. We know that to get ahead, grow jobs, and be globally competitive, we must work together. It’s that perspective we plan to share with leaders in Mexico City.”
The mayors will be accompanied by nearly 90 government, business and community leaders from both sides of the border who are meeting with Mexican government officials and agencies to advocate for policies important to cross-border commerce and economic competitiveness. Priorities include:
· Pushing for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
· Advancing border infrastructure projects including, the East Otay Port of Entry and the Calexico Port of Entry
· Promoting cross-border commerce and policies that support a shared economy
· Protecting the shared environment by addressing ongoing remediation needs at the Tijuana River Valley
The delegation will attend a variety of meetings with top Mexican officials, including U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada and Undersecretary of Energy for Hydrocarbons Aldo Flores. Mexican Secretary of the Economy Illdefonso Guajardo Villareal will host delegates to discuss NAFTA and other binational priorities.