By Adina Moloman
The XXIX Border Governors Conference Mexico-United States will take place September 28th and 29th of 2011 in Ensenada, Baja California with the purpose of working for a better border region.
The XXIX Border Governors Conference of the United States and Mexico (BGC) will be hosted by the Governor of Baja California, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millán, after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer canceled the event last year in Phoenix because of a planned boycott by Mexican governors over Arizona’s new immigration law.
The annual forum, will bring together the governors of the 10 U.S. – Mexico border states (California, Arizona , New Mexico, Texas -Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas), along with other stakeholders of both countries.
The conference will focus on the four strategic areas of competitiveness (the advantage of the maquiladora program, new foreign direct investment etc), security (US-Mexico border crossing), quality of life, and sustainability.
Along with other participant members of the Border Research Partnership, the Woodrow Wilson Center-Mexico Institute and the El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, will present the inaugural Awards for U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation at the BGC.
The awards will recognize extraordinary experiences of U.S.-Mexico cross-border cooperation and will present “success stories” of bi-national institutions, non-profits, and local and state governments from different areas of development.