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Governor Marina del Pilar Strengthens Arizona-Baja California Ties for Economic Prosperity


In a series of strategic meetings with key figures from Arizona’s government, academic, and business sectors, Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda of Baja California has fortified the social and economic ties between the two states, paving the way for enhanced collaboration and talent development for a prosperous future.

During a significant encounter with Footprint, a leading company in sustainable circular economy practices, Governor Avila Olmeda discussed the development prospects of the binational region with Arizona’s Governor Katie Hobbs. The leaders emphasized key sectors such as semiconductors, aerospace, and the medical industry, emphasizing the importance of maintaining an institutional relationship. They highlighted the potential for nearshoring and celebrated the burgeoning talent pool in Baja California, emphasizing the necessity of a sustained academic and economic exchange.

As part of her comprehensive agenda, Governor Avila Olmeda presided over a meeting with members of the Arizona Commerce Authority, focusing on reviewing international cooperation mechanisms for innovation and technological security.

The governor emphasized the collaborative efforts in Baja California with universities to enhance the capabilities of young professionals across various industries. This, coupled with nearshoring initiatives, positions the state as a preferred destination for investment in the country.

In a significant move towards regional collaboration, Governor Marina del Pilar signed a letter of intent with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The agreement outlines joint efforts to promote the shared binational mega-region, with a focus on market development in both entities.

Highlighting the commitment to talent development, Governor Avila Olmeda announced collaborative initiatives between major universities in Baja California and the University of Arizona. This partnership aims to foster specialized talent aligned with the objectives of key industries in the binational region.

Arizona has a long and rich history of fostering productive, friendly, and strong relationships enhancing economic, cultural, and political ties with their neighbors in Mexico.

“Both of our economies play a key role in shaping the global economy through trade, tourism, and investment opportunities that are essential to the success of our region,” Governor Hobbs said. “With cross-border trade between Arizona and Mexico totaling $19.6 billion in 2022, Mexico’s importance to Arizona only grows as our largest and most important trading partner. As Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, I am committed to advancing Arizona’s relationship with Mexico. One that mutually benefits our local economies, creates jobs, and improves the quality of life for everyone.”

In addition to Governor Avila Olmeda, the agreement saw signatures from key figures including the rector of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Enrique Palafox; the rector of Cetys University, Fernando León; the rector of the Technological University of Tijuana (UTT), Salvador Morales; the rector of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Florentino Badial, and the vice president of Arizona State University, Nancy Gonzales. This collaborative effort signifies a significant step towards regional development and cooperation between the two states.

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