The Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, met with the Mexican President last week at the inauguration of the Musical Arts Center for the Orchestra of Baja California.
Filner through a press release said, “It was a pleasure talking with President Peña Nieto on the importance of improving the economic and cultural relations between San Diego and Mexico.
We have to remind people that Mexico is the number one trading partner of California, and our neighbors from Baja California are also major contributors to the local economy.”
In the same statement, Filner also said that "we live in the largest binational metropolitan region of the world, and we have to work with Mexico to improve our regional competitiveness in order to attract new investment, more tourism and create new jobs on both sides of the border."
At the beginning of this year the Mexican President had invited Filner to Mexico City, but Filner was not able to go, because some meetings with school directors and with the chief of police came up.
Among the guests who attended last week’s event was, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, who is the president for the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico (CONACULTA), the governor of Baja California, Guadalupe Osuna Millan, and the Mayor of Tijuana Carlos Bustamante.
During his visit to Tijuana, Peña Nieto expressed that although it is the city furthest from the nation’s capital, it is one of the most important regions of the country.