The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, and the United States Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, announced this Thursday modernization projects at border ports of entry in order to boost economic growth in both countries.
During the Strategic Border Infrastructure Forumin Tijuana, Baja California, 13 infrastructure projects were discussed on the border between Mexico and the United States, which is expected to improve the living conditions of the people who live in the region.
The officials spoke particularly of the project of the Otay Mesa II–Otay Mesa East International Crossing that it is a new high-tech port of entry that hopes to decongest the border crossing system, as well as the reduction in review times.
On the other hand, on the border Chihuahua-New Mexicothe modernization of the Crossing San Jerónimo-Santa Teresa and its access roads, which will be an alternative for relocate business traffic that crosses the urban area of Ciudad Juarez-El Paso.
“As a result of that conversation that President López Obrador had with President Biden, Mexico has made some decisions (approved projects) […] this is an investment to date of 700 million dollars approved and all are already in stages of different degrees of progress”, said Marcelo Ebrard during the forum.
In addition, he pointed out that the objective and the instruction of both presidents is that by the end of 2023 all the projects are working “because they want this border, it is and will be the busiest in the world.”
On the other hand, Ambassador Salazar expressed that “it is an important and historic day” and assured that it is a moment where with “the president Biden and the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorwe see the relationship between the United States and Mexico in a very positive way.”
“What has to be done is to ensure that we are moving forward in what is a joint plan between the United States and Mexico to create a border where the people, the culture, the commerce, the security, can be seen throughout this border of three thousand kilometers, two thousand miles”, he indicated.
And it is that, in the border region, the economic impact of delays and border crossings can generate losses of billions of dollars for both countries, which is why they consider it essential to speed up waiting times at crossings.