Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a transportation agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States aimed at promoting and increasing bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects. Commesurate to this announcement, Gov. Abbott, along with Mexican officials, announced the creation of an energy task force to foster economic growth on both sides of the border by finding new and innovative energy solutions.
“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,” said Abbott, at a press conference highlighting the agreement. “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. I am also pleased to announce Texas and Mexico’s intent to establish an energy task force, which will foster discussions on energy reform as developments in the energy industry proliferate at home and across the border. Texas and Mexico meet at the center of North America’s vast energy resources, and this task force will provide a unique opportunity to enrich economic growth and development for both sides.”
Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu applauded the governor’s remarks, adding that “such a deep and diverse relationship as the one Mexico and Texas share flourishes when there is communication and mutual understanding. Governor Abbott’s visit reflects the will to take that path.”
Some of the finer points of the transportation agreement include:
- Maintaining consistent oral and written communication regarding bi-national transportation and border issues;
- Promoting bilateral collaboration in the exchange of information and research impacting motor vehicle borderland crossings; and
- Increased collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.
The burgeoning Energy Task Force will:
- Continue to strengthen and modernize our interconnected electric and natural gas infrastructure;
- Develop resources to find additional energy solutions; and
- Promote investments in the energy value productive chain.