The North American Research Partnership is an independent, non-profit networked think-tank that conducts strategic applied research and outreach on how the United States, Mexico and Canada can better position themselves for success in the 21st century. The Partnership works on a broad range of interrelated international policy topics such as border management, trade and competitiveness, energy, sustainability, security, and education. The Partnership has offices in San Diego and Phoenix and key partners located in Mexico City, Washington, D.C. and Ottawa.
Featured Project: U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition
While the U.S.-Mexico border region is critical to the North American economy, much work remains on building a solid regional economy for the region’s residents. The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the 2014 U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives. La Economía de la Frontera México-EE.UU. en Transición en español. Read more about the report here.
NARP in the News
Friday night the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation, the North American Research Partnership and the Mexican Consulate in Douglas, held a reception at the new medical facility, which was called “a milestone in health care,” by Mignon Hollis, the executive director of SVEDF. The new medical center in Sierra Vista will provide some services formerly lacking at the older hospital, meaning people will not have to travel to Tucson or Phoenix for these medical needs. The same is true for people who live in the border area of Mexico, where in some cases they currently have to travel more than 125 miles to receive upgraded medical treatment in Hermosillo, if it is not available in their local areas.
The report, “U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition,” offers important insights gleaned after a series of border forums last year, including one in Rio Rico, Ariz…Arizona has “redoubled engagement with Mexico,” the report says. Positive steps include opening a state trade office in Mexico City and setting a goal to double trade with Mexico by 2025. Making this happen means capitalizing on what we have done right.
Thankfully, with U.S.-Mexico trade at historic highs and growing faster than trade with any other major trading partner, it is increasingly difficult to ignore the importance of safe and efficient border management to the regional economy. U.S.-Mexico trade is now valued at well over a half trillion dollars per year, 80 percent of which crosses the U.S.-Mexico land border. This trade supports around six million U.S. jobs, and systems of co-production in manufacturing allow companies to combine the comparative advantages of the United States and Mexico, boosting the competitiveness of North America as a whole.