LOCAL DELEGATION ADVOCATES FOR CROSS-BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITH HIGH-RANKING MEXICAN OFFICIAL
Mexico City – As part of a joint effort to bring economic prosperity to and improve infrastructure in the San Diego-Tijuana megaregion, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum and other regional leaders met with Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray in Mexico City yesterday.
“When federal officials look at trade agreements and international borders, it’s often through the lens of national politics. We appreciated our time with Secretary Videgaray because we were able to discuss not only how these big issues impact cities like ours, but also how San Diego and Tijuana are powerful examples of the benefits of trade, cooperation and open dialogue,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Meetings like this are important because the partnership between San Diego and Tijuana has helped us strengthen our local economies but there is only so much we can do on our own. It is why we will continue to call on the federal governments in the United States and Mexico to help preserve trade, create additional legal and safe border crossings, and support policies that create jobs.”
The topics discussed included supporting the re-establishment of a cross-border railroad, advancing the timelines for an additional border crossing at Otay Mesa, opposing anti-competitive tariffs and the modernization of trade agreements to reflect today’s economy.
The meeting was also attended by San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts, San Diego Association of Governments Executive Director Gary Gallegos and Mexican Consul General Marcela Celorio, who is based out of San Diego.
The meeting was part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 12th-annual advocacy mission to Mexico’s capitol. The delegation includes more than 90 government, business and community leaders from both sides of the border who are meeting with top Mexican government officials and agencies to advocate for policies and initiatives important to regional growth and global competitiveness. Some of the policy priorities for this year’s delegation include:
- Promoting cross-border commerce and supporting trade agreements that foster a shared economy between the U.S. and Mexico
- Enhancing efficient border infrastructure
- Increasing tourism in the Cali-Baja region
The mission to Mexico City comes two weeks after Mayor Faulconer and Mayor Gastélum signed a formal agreement to continue working together and one month after the two mayors pledged cooperation to benefit the economic interests of the region.
Binational advocacy from San Diego and Tijuana leaders has led to infrastructure improvements that have created more efficient, safe and legal ways for goods and people to cross the border. Recent examples include the PedWest cross-border pedestrian bridge at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and the Cross Border Xpress that leads to the Tijuana International Airport.