Elections, term limits and other factors puts pressure on the Association to continually update our mailing lists. Our friends from the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington have teamed up with Dr. Josiah Heyman at UTEP’s Center for InterAmerican and Border Studies, and Consul General Jacob Prado of the Mexican Consulate in El Paso to update our international list of mayors. A special note of thanks to UTEP’s Dr Kathleen Staudt for connecting us with Dr. Heyman and his students.
Once our list is complete we will be sending out invitations to join the Association and setting an agenda and location for our next meeting.
John Cook, Executive Director of the Border Mayors Association, led a team of Mexican Businessmen to the US Embassy in Mexico City to present their concerns to Ambassador Anthony Wayne regarding the ability of existing infrastructure to keep up with the growth of trade between the US and Mexico. The latest figures indicate that trade has grown to $539 billion with 5 million trucks crossing the through the ports of entry annually. By 2026 trade is expected to almost double to $1 trillion and a corresponding growth in the number of commercial crossings.
Cook was accompanied by Oscar Kuri, CEO of CELC, Gabriel Ortiz Hernan CEO of Dinformatica 21 of Mexico, senior staff from the office of Senator Ernesto Ruffo, Ms. Vicki Dorantes founder and President of V&D Border Solutions, Gustavo De La Fuente Owner and CEO of Intelligent Office of San Diego Business, and Juan Antonio Vasquez Durazo and Rafael Salinas of INDEX.
The one hour meeting with Ambassador Wayne focused on the need to implement technology and engineering principles to reduce wait times at the Ports, assure security of shipments, and to increase Mexico’s competiveness in a global economy. The team pointed out that it was unrealistic to think that either country could build new infrastructure on the border quickly enough to keep up with the growth that we are seeing. Failing to facilitate trade and security will cost Mexico the competitive advantage that has resulted from 50 years of perfecting its manufacturing operations in Mexico’s maquiladoras.
John Cook left office when term limits ended his 14 years of service in El Paso’s municipal government. The page has been dormant since June of 2013.
Much thanks to Ingo Thomas, an El Paso web designer who volunteered to rebuild the site and to make significant updates and improvements. When the site was initially launched the only domain names available were bordermaors.org etc. The misspelling was confusing to say the least. Ingo was fortunate enough to secure bordermayors.org .com. and .net, making it easier for people to find the site.
The Home Page will now include “News Flashes”, a convenient way to highlight new information that has been added to the site. Links to other sites that may be of interest border communities is another improvement that has been added.
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