·        In a world of uncertainty, volatility and high competition, rather than isolating each other, North American countries must be more integrated. We must facilitate trade and the mobility of people, and we must continue consolidating a strong, dynamic, innovative regional economy.

·        These two major infrastructure projects that will trigger the competitiveness of the border region, he said.

·        Security and law enforcement relations between the two countries have never been better: US Secretary of Homeland Security.

During his inauguration of the Guadalupe-Tornillo Port of Entry and the La Ribereña Junction, two major infrastructure projects that will trigger the competitiveness of the border region, President Enrique Peña Nieto declared: “Today, the United States and Mexico sent a clear signal to the world: a future of security and prosperity is built with bridges that bring societies closer rather than walls that divide them:

In the presence of US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the President of Mexico said that, “The North American route cannot be based on fear, resentment or false accusations. The North American route must continue to be built on trust, openness and integration.”

In a world of uncertainty, volatility and high competition, rather than isolating each other, North American countries must be more integrated. We must facilitate trade and the mobility of people, and we must continue consolidating a strong, dynamic, innovative regional economy,” he declared.

President Peña Nieto said that in the case of North America, “We have a privileged location and a historic opportunity we must seize to consolidate ourselves as allies and create prosperity and wealth.”

He recalled that Mexico and the United States, together with another group of nations, “Signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in New Zealand a few hours ago. This is a major trade agreement between 12 countries that will also boost trade between the three North American partners.”

This innovative agreement, he continued, “together with the initiatives we are confirming here today between Mexico and the United States, will usher in a new stage of growth and well-being.”

The Mexican president said that the public works inaugurated today will hasten the process of modernization and transformation of the common border between Mexico and the United States, whose over 60 border crossings are legally crossed by, “More than one million people and 300,000 vehicles daily, and over 70 percent of our bilateral trade is transported through these crossings.

He explained that the Guadalupe-Tornillo Port of Entry will receive, store and transport goods between both sides of the border.

He said that the border between Mexico and the United States is, “Is undoubtedly the busiest one, since it is the one crossed by the highest number of people in the world.”

He said that as a result of the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, “Mexico's total trade with the world has increased more than fivefold: from $140 billion USD in 1994 to $776 billion USD in 2015.”

He stressed the importance of trade with the United States, “$500 billion USD, over a million dollars a minute. The United States is the destination of 80 percent of our exports.”

He added that ensuring that this new Port of Entry has a greater positive impact requires an additional public work, which he pledged to achieve: “The Juárez By-pass, connecting the La Ribereña Junction, where the new Guadalupe-Tornillo Port of Entry is located, to Federal Highway 45,” which reaches the center of the country.

He said that today, the modernization and equipping of the Zaragoza customs section, attached to the Ciudad Juárez customs office, was also inaugurated. “It will halve the time for the entry and exit of goods, and increase its operating capacity by 50 per cent.”

President Peña Nieto recalled that in November 2012, as president elect, he met with US President Barack Obama, with whom he agreed to, “Expand and diversify key issues in relations between our countries. From focusing almost exclusively on security issues, we managed to establish a multi-thematic agenda with initiatives on many different fronts, especially in the fields of the economy and energy, innovation and entrepreneurship, education and youth.”

He said that through the Project a  Hundred Thousand Project initiative, “We are promoting a greater number of academic exchanges and more human resource training.”

“This new stage in our bilateral relations also seeks to make our common border an area of security and prosperity for its communities,” he explained.

At the end of the event, President Peña Nieto attended a meeting with Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary Penny Pritzker, during which they reviewed the status of bilateral relations and the following projects to be promoted to continue strengthening them.

WE ARE HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT THESE RELATIONS ARE GROWING: JEH JOHNSON

US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson  said that, “Security and law enforcement relations have never been better between our two countries.”

“At the personal level, since I took office as Secretary of Homeland Security two years ago, I have met with my friends in the Mexican Cabinet at least 10 times. That shows the importance of our relationship and reflects the growing links between our two countries,” he said.

“This is the direction I know President Obama wants us to take in conjunction with President Peña Nieto, and we are here today to celebrate this growing relationship,” he added, stressing that today’s inauguration of a six-lane bridge to replace a two-lane bridge that was 78 years old shows how relations between Mexico and the United State have expanded.

WE COULD NOT HAVE ARRIVED AT THIS MEMORABLE OCCASION WITHOUT THE INSPIRATION AND LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: PENNY PRITZKER

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker told President Peña Nieto: “We could not have arrived at this memorable occasion without your inspiration and leadership.”

She recalled that the Mexican president wrote, during his first official visit to Washington, that relations between Mexico and the United States were based on friendship, cordiality, mutual respect and a shared interest in achieving prosperity and development for our nations. “Thank you for traveling to this point to show how it is that this shared border constitutes an essential artery for the prosperity of both countries,” she declared.

She said that that this new international bridge and the port of entry, “Will increase capacity, open up a new route for Mexican customers, and relieve the long lines often experienced in this region,” in addition to making the common border much safer.

“The Guadalupe-Tornillo crossing serves as proof of what our governments can achieve when we put a coordinated strategy in place, which will be developed in collaboration with the private sector," she said, after noting that US and Mexican markets are intrinsically linked. “This region is the setting for most of our bilateral business and will become increasingly important as we implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

THE REGION WITH MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMIC FUTURE WORLDWIDE IS NORTH AMERICA: LUIS VIDEGARAY

Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray Caso said that, “The point is not only to open a new customs facility but also to endorse our North American conviction, based on concrete facts and data that enable us to prove that the region with the most competitive economic future worldwide is North America.”

He said that it is a region, “Where the most intense bilateral trade in the world is conducted, surpassing a million dollars a minute,  with a border legally crossed by over a million people a day.

He said that just over two years ago, President Obama and President Peña Nieto established high-level economic dialogue as the new work mechanism, with members of the US and Mexican federal cabinets. "Today, the inauguration of this new bridge between Guadalupe and Tornillo is just one of the concrete results stemming from this political will and above all, beginning to work together,” he declared.

He explained that a few months ago, the first railway crossing between Mexico and the United States in over a 100 years was opened in Brownsville and Matamoros. In December, a Passenger Bridge was opened at the Binational Airport in San Diego and Tijuana.

Two facilities were also inaugurated where US and Mexican authorities conduct a joint customs inspection, the first in Laredo, for imports to Mexico by air cargo from the United States; and the second in Tijuana for the export of agricultural products to the United States.

21ST CENTURY BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE REVEALS BINATIONAL THINKING AND VISION: RUÍZ MASSIEU

Minister of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu said that, “Through works such as the one opened today, we repeat that it makes sense to think more about what Mexico and the United States can do together from the perspective of integration, and ignore what separates and divides us, because 21st century border infrastructure reflects more than an architectural or material vision of things: it reveals binational thought and vision.”

“The inauguration of the Guadalupe-Tornillo International Bridge constitutes a further step towards the construction of a binational space of well-being, a dynamic, competitive border that will be a source of development and employment in the region,” she added.

She stated that the ongoing transformation is a requirement of the times, and that what has been achieved must be taken to a new level of development. “Today, it is the world’s busiest border, beyond being a line of political and territorial demarcation. Above all, it is a space of convergence  and opportunity, and a reflection of the conviction  of President Peña Nieto and President Obama that the border is a space that does not divide but rather integrates.”

Minister Ruiz Massieu said that, “The border more than anywhere else summarizes the will of two nations to take advantage of the geographical quirks that link them to build a bright future together, created every day by citizens who share customs and enrich them with those of their neighbors.”

THE INAUGURATION OF THE PORT OF ENTRY IS A TIME OF RENEWAL AND TRUST: CÉSAR DUARTE

César Duarte Jáquez, Governor of Chihuahua, said that the inauguration of the port of entry, “Represents a bridge of hope, a time of renewal and confidence confirmed by the US government of President Obama, confidence in you and your government.” 

He declared that we do not only understand a bridge, “As a public work that serves to ease traffic; a bridge is also a sign of trust, openness, integration.

Duarte Jáquez  said that, “For Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and the north of the country, this public work means strategic infrastructure that will trigger business, a safe harbor which, through your sweeping transformation of Mexican customs, provides a more reliable, safer port and is a clear example of North American willingness to open another port of entry.”