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Accomplishments - Executive Summary
from June 2001 - June 2002
Presented at the XX
United State - Mexico
Border Governors Conference
Phoenix, Arizona

GENERAL

AGRICULTURE

WORK WITH THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO ALLOCATE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO SUPPORT PREVENTION, CONTROL AND ERADICATION PROGRAMS FOR ANIMAL AND PLANT PESTS AND DISEASES.

REQUEST THAT THE FEDERAL AGENCIES OF BOTH COUNTRIES IMPLEMENT MODERN, COMPREHENSIVE AND SYSTEMATIC INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION PROCESSES AT THE CHECK POINTS.

BORDER CROSSINGS

REQUEST THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES OF MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES CONTINUE WITH THE AUGMENTATION OF THE "BORDER AND CORRIDORS" IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY, SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE BORDER CROSSINGS.

REQUEST THAT FEDERAL INSPECTION SERVICES (FIS) INVOLVED IN BORDER ACTIVITIES REDUCE BORDER CROSSING DELAYS AND THAT THEY ESTABLISH A PERMANENT EFFICIENCY AND CONTROL EVALUATION SYSTEM FOR BORDER CROSSINGS.

REQUEST THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES DEVELOP SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG RANGE PLANS FOR EXISTING AND FUTURE INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSINGS IN COORDINATION WITH EACH STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PLANS.

REQUEST THAT THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDE NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES RELATING TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW TRUCKING PROVISIONS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT (NAFTA) TO THE BORDER STATES.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

COMPILE ALL BORDER STATES' ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION AND STUDIES REGARDING STRATEGIC ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING FREE TRADE AGREEMENT DISPUTE RESOLUTION, IN ORDER TO IDENTIFY AND JOINTLY DEVELOP AREAS OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN THE BORDER REGION.

WORK JOINTLY TO ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT AND PROMOTE TRADE BY UTILIZING PROMOTIONAL TOOLS AND IMPLEMENT ONE-STOP FACILITATION PROCESSES TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR COMPANIES WANTING TO LOCATE IN THE BORDER REGION.

EDUCATION PROMOTE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO EXPAND, REVITALIZE AND ENHANCE THE PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES AND PROGRAMS IN THE BORDER STATES IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF ACTIVITIES.

RECOMMEND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BORDER STATES, ESTABLISH A UNITED STATES-MEXICO BORDER COMMISSION ON EDUCATION TO ENHANCE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INHABITANTS OF THE BORDER REGION.

ENVIRONMENT

IMPLEMENT RECOGNITION PROGRAMS TO ENCOURAGE POSITIVE ACTIONS TOWARDS THE PROTECTION, CONSERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE BORDER REGION, USING CURRENT STATE-TO-STATE MODELS AS A FOUNDATION.

ESTABLISH A SYSTEM BETWEEN FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE STATES FOR TRANS-BOUNDARY NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED PROJECTS WITH A POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WITHIN THE 100-KILOMETER BORDER REGION. ·

DEVELOP, IN CONJUNCTION WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES AND INTERESTED MUNICIPALITIES, THE NEXT PHASE OF THE BINATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT THE PRINCIPLES OF COORDINATION AND TO OBTAIN FEDERAL FUNDING WITHIN A STRUCTURE THAT IDENTIFIES REGIONAL PRIORITIES.

HEALTH

ESTABLISH A BINATIONAL BORDER HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR THE 10 BORDER STATES THROUGH THE INTEGRATION OF A "BINATIONAL TECHNICAL HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM WORKING GROUP" TO PREVENT AND REACT TO EPIDEMIOLOGICAL CONTINGENCIES.

ESTABLISH COMMON HEALTH INDICATORS FOR DEVELOPING JOINT STRATEGIC BORDER HEALTH PLANNING.

ESTABLISH A COMMISSION OF SCHOLARS COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF EACH BORDER STATE TO STUDY THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM FROM A SOCIAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVE AND TO FORMULATE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES OF BOTH COUNTRIES.

TOURISM

DEVELOP JOINTLY A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION PROGRAM THAT INFORMS AND ASSISTS POTENTIAL TRAVELERS REGARDING THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE PERTAINING TO TAXES AND IMMIGRATION, TO ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE OF VISITORS TO THE BORDER REGION.

ESTABLISH A JOINT PROGRAM TO MONITOR AND OPPOSE NEW MEASURES RELATING TO GENERAL, MIGRATION AND TAX MATTERS THAT NEGATIVELY IMPACT TOURISM, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE TRANSIT OF PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO FURTHER BORDER REGION TOURISM.