NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA.- Baja's Economic Development Ministry, headed by Carlo Bonfante Olache, are implementing plans to strengthen the relationship between the US and Mexico, specifically by creating better ties between Newport Beach and Baja. During a recent meeting with Rush N. Hill, Newport Beach's mayor, they designated the ports of Newport Beach and Ensenada as "sister ports", with the goal to increase collaboration in the tourist sector.
According to Bonfante, "Baja's governor, Francisco "Kiko" Vega de Lamadrid has insisted that this region, along with our neighbor to the North, become a mega economic and productive region. This means that this vision must be the strategic guide to promote business, export, and other tasks being manned by the Economic Committee of the state of Baja."
He added that it is important to once again work on projects with collaboration between these sister cities, because the tourism potential of both ports could bring significant economic advantages to the region. One example is the Newport Beach-Ensenada sail boat race, as well as many culinary offerings such as the Valle de Guadalupe wine route. Also of importance are
Baja's beach communities, which are attractive to tourist because of the cultural and culinary offerings. Finally, Bonfante discussed the strategic sectors in the state, and the tourist attractions, in an attempt to position Baja as a premier tourist destination and business destination.
Also in attendance were Steve Rosansky, CEO of Newport Beach's Chamber of Commerce; Alejandra Garcia-Williams, Mexican Consular to Santa Ana, Orange County; Juan Carlos Briseño, Head of PROMEXICO's Los Angeles Branch; and Juan Antonio Martinez Zaragoza, Vice Secretary of Economic Development