Monday, May 11, 2015
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Addresses San Diego Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne
(Transcript of speech)
Jerry and hello California friends! And, by that I mean to Californians north and south of the border, including: the Mexican
Consul General of San Diego, the Honorable Maria de los Remedios, Senador Ernesto Ruffo, Senador Victor Hermosillo, Diputado
David Perez Tejada Padilla, the mayors of the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and Tecate, and others too numerous to
It is good to be here tonight. I extend a
warm welcome to you all here in Mexico City and congratulate you on your tenth annual trade mission to Mexico. I hope you
find your time here enjoyable, informative, and productive. As you kick off your time here, I would like to briefly mention
a few topics that impact the CaliBaja Mega-Region.
trade: Cross-border trade is at an all-time high and continuing this trend is important to us all. The
integrated approach to economic development by the CaliBaja Mega-Region is a dynamic driver of that growth. This Mega-Region
integrates innovation and technology such as advanced manufacturing centers in sectors including: aerospace, biotechnology,
consumer electronics, telecommunications, and more.
infrastructure: Regarding border infrastructure, the State Route 11/Otay (pronounced oh-tie) Mesa East Point
of Entry Project is a flagship border infrastructure project that will enhance binational prosperity. We look forward
to increased capacity at the Otay Mesa East point of entry which will reduce border wait times and thereby increase productivity
and competiveness. This is a priority project for both the U.S. and Mexico and we look forward to seeing it come online in
2017 and the increased economic opportunities that will come with it.
Cleantech and renewable energy: Finally, I would like to mention energy and its importance
in powering these advances. CaliBaja is the hub for both nations in the global cleantech and in the renewable energy revolutions.
CaliBaja has over 47,000 megawatts (MW) of technical potential for geothermal, solar, wind and biomass sources.
CaliBaja is also an important global center for the development
of water technologies and green construction technology. Over 900 companies located throughout CaliBaja are benefitting from
the unique bi-national cleantech business environment and we hope more will join them.
Yes, there are many reasons to be excited about the Cali Baja Mega-Region and we are excited
that you are here. I know my embassy team is looking forward to meeting with you tomorrow morning. Once again, welcome to
Mexico City and we hope you enjoy your time here.
Transcript of speech by U.S. Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne, Apr. 20, 2015, Embassy of the United States, Mexico City