Mexico.- Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard and ambassador of United States, Ken Salazari They agreed to modernize the border ports of entry as well as build new access to contribute to the economic development of the border towns.
This was said by officials during their meeting in the city of Tijuana, Baja California, where the governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar vila Olmeida, and the Under Secretary of State for the Office of International Narcotics and Compliance Affairs were also present. , Todd Robinson.
During the forum, 13 infrastructure projects between Mexico and the United States were discussed. The projects will boost economic development and improve living conditions for the people living in the border area.
In particular, the Mesa de Otay II-Otay Mesa East International Crossing Project will generate a new high-tech port of entry that will reduce the area’s crossing system and significantly reduce inspection times.
Similarly, at the Chihuahua–New Mexico border, the San Jerónimo–Santa Teresa crossing and the modernization of its access roads will speed up the crossing and represent an alternative to shifting commercial traffic that is currently serving the Ciudad Juárez–El Paso urban area. crosses over. ,
During his speech, Foreign Minister Ebrard pointed out that integration between Mexico and the United States is underway. “Thanks to production processes and high-level dialogue to accelerate our supply chain and production capacity in the pharmaceutical, medical, electromobility and other sectors.”
“As a result of the conversation that President López Obrador had with President Biden, Mexico has made some decisions (approved projects) …” Insisted.
He said the aim and direction of the two presidents is that “whatever I said is working by the end of 2023 … because they want this border, it is and will be the busiest in the world.”
For his part, Ambassador Salazar said that “this is an important and historic day” and assured that we are in a time where together “President Biden and President Andres Manuel López Obrador, we view the relationship between the United States and Mexico in a very positive way.”
“What has to be done to make sure that we move forward in a joint plan between the United States and Mexico to create a border where people, culture, commerce, security can be seen on this border. Three thousand kilometers , two thousand miles”He indicated.
One of the main challenges in the border area is the economic impact of delays in border crossings, which can cost both countries billions of dollars, which is why it is necessary to speed up the waiting times at border crossings. Achieving this goal requires improving the efficiency and optimization of ports.
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The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reaffirms its commitment to accelerate the supply chain between the two countries and thereby seeks the well-being of its people and the 13.6 million residents living in the Mexico-United States border area. Is. It is estimated that more than 5 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with Mexico. More than half of total US exports to Mexico can be attributed to the four border states.
Mexico and the United States agree to modernize border ports