Nearly 90 Cali-Baja business and community leaders advocate for region’s cross-border commerce
SAN DIEGO (April 21, 2016) –The San Diego Regional Chamber led its 11th annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative to Mexico City, April 17 – 20. Nearly 90 business leaders and government officials from San Diego and Baja participated, reinforcing the Chamber’s role as a coalition builder, policy advocate, and resource for business on both sides of the border. The trip is key to the Chamber’s international advocacy work to enhance cross-border business and showcase the region’s global competitiveness.
“The strong, unified voice of San Diego and Baja leaders who participated in our annual delegation trip to Mexico City speaks volumes for the commitment to collaboration that is making our region a top global competitor,” said Jerry Sanders, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber. “Through this trip we have created a unique opportunity for dialogue with the leadership in Mexico City, which is essential for our binational region because the positive impacts of our region’s cross-border commerce don’t always reach that level.”
Delegates met with top Mexican government officials and agencies to advance current projects and bring forward new initiatives important to regional growth and business development. Focus areas for the trip included: border infrastructure, renewable energy projects, investment in the telecommunications industry, and cross-border tourism.
Trip participants included San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán whose participation underscored the region’s collaborative spirit. Other notable delegates included:
- William Ostick, US Consul General in Tijuana
- Oscar Escobedo, Secretary of Tourism for the State of Baja California
- Benjamin De Alba, Assistant Secretary for Rail and Ports, California State Transportation Agency
- Supervisor Ron Roberts, County of San Diego
- Mayor Serge Dedina, City of Imperial Beach
- Mayor Cesar Moreno, City of Tecate
- Mayor Mary Salas, City of Chula Vista
- Councilmember David Alvarez, City of San Diego
- Councilmember Martin Plascencia Avila, City of Tijuana
- Councilmember, Pamela Bensoussan, City of Chula Vista
- Councilmember Guillermo Zavala Camarena, City of Tijuana
- Councilmember Martha Leticia Castañeda, City of Tijuana
- Councilmember Prof. Irma Salgado Gonzalez, City of Tijuana
- Xavier Peniche, Secretary of Economic Development, City of Tijuana
- Mariano Escobedo, Director of International Relations, Government of Baja California
- Jerry Sanders, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Chamber
- Paola Avila, Vice President of International Business Affairs, San Diego Regional Chamber
Highlights from the trip included:
- Meeting and discussion on renewable energy and investment opportunities for San Diego businesses with Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell
- Visit to the Mexican Senate (Senado de la República) for breakfast, tour, and meeting with members of the Northern Border Affairs Committee (Comisión de Asuntos Fronterizos Norte – Senado de la República) featuring Senate President Roberto Gil Zuarth. We were also joined by the incoming Consul General in San Diego Marcela Celorio.
- Confirmation from Federal Administrator of Customs, Ricardo Treviño Chapa that the San Ysidro Pedestrian West crossing would be completed in August with a temporary solution in place in June allowing the project to proceed as planned with a June opening.
- Confirmation from INAMI of a one-year visa that will permit multiple entry into Mexico (maritime and non-maritime) to allow for the sustainability of the US-Mexico travel industry ensuring a successful cross-border business model.
- Confirmation that the land acquisition for the Mexican side of the new port of entry, Otay 2, will be completed to allow the project to remain on schedule.
- MOU signing with American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico
- Delegates also enjoyed meeting with members of Mexican Congress representing the border region and Mr. William Duncan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Commercial Affairs, US Embassy
About The San Diego Regional Chamber
The San Diego Regional Chamber is the hub for connections and collaboration among the regional business community, and uses that clout to advocate for public policies and candidates that support economic growth and the creation of jobs for all businesses. As the largest Chamber on the West Coast, representing approximately 2,500 businesses and an estimated
300,000 jobs, the San Diego Regional Chamber is fighting to make San Diego the most business-friendly region in California. For more information, please visit SDChamber.org or call 619-544-1300.