Meeting-conferennce with Mayors of California and Baja California
Searching a single voice within the review of NAFTA in Washington DC
SAN YSIDRO, CA., AUGUST 16, 2017.- NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) reinforced the brotherly relationship between countries, and now that it is being re-negotiated, it is very important to renew the relevance way beyond the commercial aspect, said Mexicali Gustavo Sanchez Vazquez and added that it was more than 20 years ago when this treaty marked an important precedent, “a mutual recognition that we need each other”, said Mayor Sanchez during his visit to San Ysidro, California this Wednesday.
All this acquires relevance again, he expressed, because NAFTA is being re-negotiated and reviewed by the three countries involved, there is a reciprocal need socially and commercially speaking, among Canada, USA and Mexico, but it goes way beyond trade and it includes areas such as security, tourism and health among many others.
In a press conference which took place in the border crossing of San Ysidro, California, Mayor Sanchez assured that the support and follow up to these sorts of trade agreements will continue and there will be an ever growing search for more and better business, commerce and industry simultaneously strengthening the mechanisms to consolidate “the presence of our region’s products and services in Canada and the United States”.
After committing altogether with the Mayors of the border region cities, Mayor Sanchez and the rest of his colleagues unanimously expressed their commitment to collaborate in an active fashion in the reviewing of NAFTA and finally Mr. Sanchez Vazquez wrapped up his participation with a reaffirmation of the relevance of the fact that the three countries and their citizens keep up a steady and free growth as a single region.
The meeting was organized by the Bi-national office of San Diego City Council, and it had a very numerous participation: Kevin Faulconer Mayor of San Diego, Juan Manuel Gastelum, Mayor of Tijuana, Ron Morrison Mayor of National City, Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach, Catherine Blakespear, Mayor of Encinitas, James Villeneuve, Canada General Consul in Los Angeles, Jerry Sanders, Regional Chamber of Commerce President of San Diego, Kurt Honold, President of the Entrepreneurial Coordination Council of Tijuana.