Texas governor signs agreement to aid border trade

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/10/2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week signed a transportation agreement with Mexico to improve trade activity on both sides of the border. The agreement also covers energy efforts.

“The state of Texas recognizes the importance of its long-term partnership with Mexico, which is why we must continue to expand our dialogue on issues such as border security, transportation and energy,” Abbott said in prepared remarks.

The transportation agreement is intended to increase “bilateral cooperation” on future border infrastructure projects to expedite border trade and address border wait times.

The letter of intent signed by Abbott and Raul Murrieta Cummings, Mexico’s assistant secretary of infrastructure, highlights the ongoing need to expand border infrastructure on the Mexican side of the border and Texas’ highway infrastructure “to encourage economic development of the region.”

The governor’s office describes the agreement as maintaining consistent oral and written communication regarding binational transportation and border issues; promoting bilateral collaboration in the exchange of information and research affecting motor vehicle border land crossings; and increasing collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.

“Today’s transformative agreement on transportation signifies Texas’ and Mexico’s intent to expand highway infrastructure, encourage economic development and facilitate bilateral trade on both sides of the border.”

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