Marina del Pilar promotes cooperation with the United States for the development of Baja California

According to the governor, several ongoing projects in Baja California could receive financing from the United States, strengthening binational relations

The governor of Baja California, Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, spoke about the need to create a work agency to create projects that positively impact the development of each community in Baja California. This occurred at a meeting with representatives of the United States Trade and Development Agency in Arlington, Virginia.

The agency, with more than three decades of experience promoting the economic development in countries with trade relations with the United States, spoke to the governor about a series of proposals of projects regarding water supply and energy, and the development of intelligent cities.

The governor said that the agency could provide specialized guidance regarding the application of technology to use it in projects to develop in Baja California, which will boost the state's progress in several different areas and will allow it to strengthen the state's trade connections with the United States.

The governor highlighted the importance that the USTDA could have in projects that could reach up to 1 million dollars in Baja California, which is why the state presented several different work plans that could receive this international financing.

"The several different projects that the state government has will be analyzed so that, with help from the agency, those that are more feasible can be applied," Marina del Pilar said.

At this meeting, representatives of the Mexican Embassy in the United States were present, such as ambassador Ana Luis Fajer, Chancellor Chief; Eric Suzán, chief of planning and coordinator of the Washington D.C. visit, and Georgina Barquet, chief of the Section of Special and Border Issues.

For his part, the Secretary of Economy and Innovation, Kurt Ignacio Honold Morales, explained that there are projects related to water management, environmental protection, strengthening of renewable energy use, and the development of smart cities, among other relevant issues.

On the other hand, the governor met with leaders of the US-Mexico Foundation and recognized the work of this institution in promoting the cooperation and bilateral understanding between Mexico and the United States, and how these principles are part of the UMCSA, the commercial agreement between the three countries of North America that represents these nations' capabilities of coming to agreements to improve this region and the people who live in it.

Marina del Pilar said that, since its creation in 2009, the foundation has built authentic strategic alliances and raised awareness of the interested parties on the importance that Mexican and American societies work together on common goals to resolve challenges of this binational relation.

As such, the governor emphasized that Baja California, as it has the busiest border in the world, is a permanent protagonist in the common life between these two free and democratic nations which is why she will continue promoting it so that coexistence improves and opens the opportunity for new ways of cooperation, investment, wealth creation, and wellbeing for all people.

Kurt Ignacio Honold Morales, the Secretary of Economy and Innovation of Baja California, said that the United States is the star of 94% of foreign Mexican trade that takes place through Baja California, with exports reaching up to $23,216 billion dollars between April 2022 and April 2023.

It should be noted that Honold Morales also met with representatives of the US State Department, specifically with the Deputy Director of Foreign Services, Karen Choe-Fichte, and Deputy Division Chief of Foreign Issues, Christopher Bodington, with whom he analyzed the role that Baja California plays politics-wise and economic-wise in North America, as well as the importance of building the stage so that borders are faster and safer.

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