As part of a working visit to the Tijuana-San Diego region, U.S. Department of State Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Kevin O’Reilly and Mexico’s Under Secretary for North America, Sergio Alcocer led the Binational Border Infrastructure Workshop at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

Participants in today’s workshop included experts on strategic issues related to border infrastructure and key players from civil society, academia, business and non-governmental organizations.  During working groups, participants shared their points of view on topics including development, the needs of communities along the border, the social and economic impact of border wait times, infrastructure planning and sources of financing.

Each roundtable’s recommendations will be shared with the appropriate federal Agency for consideration and possible implementation.  Similarly, the recommendations will be incorporated as key themes in formal discussions between the United States and Mexico.

This meeting is the first in a series of binational workshops to be held in key cities along the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss issues fundamental to the region, such as competitiveness, sustainable development and quality of life.  The objective is to showcase the border as a catalyst for development in Mexico and the United States, in benefit of both countries.

The border plays a key role in the commercial, economic and social development of both our countries: more than 70% of cross-border trade flows through our land ports of entry.  Over 1 billion U.S. dollars worth of bilateral trade crosses the border every day.  Together, the ten border states represent the world’s fourth largest economy.  One million people and 300,000 vehicles cross the border legally every day, in both directions. The border region is home to over 14 million inhabitants.