U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums Launch and California-Baja California Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum

U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums Launch and California-Baja California Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum
Thursday, March 20,2014 6:30 – 8:30pm & Friday, March 21,2014 8:00am- 5:00pm
San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

The North American Research Partnership, together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the U.S. Congressional Border Caucus, and the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, formally launched the “U.S.- Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums 2014” on March 20, 2014 and began the series of four forums along the border with “California-Baja California Regional Economic Competitiveness Forum” in San Diego on March 21. Keynote speakers and honorees at the kickoff reception included Remedios Gómez Arnau, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, and Andrew S.E. Erickson, U.S. Consul General in Tijuana. Congressman Juan Vargas and California State Senator Lou Correa gave opening remarks at the forum on March 21, which brought together key business, government and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the U.S.-Mexico border economy with particular emphasis on the California-Baja California crossborder region. The forum included three panels with discussion topics such as current developments, best practices and innovations in the integration of the ports of entry (infrastructure, investment and innovation), border management, and the state of the regional economy. To read findings from the forum, please see the executive summary (Executive Summary in english/ Resumen ejecutivo en español). For photos, click here. For additional information, including links to the presentations, please see the Border Legislative Conference.