When it comes to the U.S. Southwest border, much attention has focused on national security threats such as drug and human trafficking as well as terrorism. However, the U.S./Mexico border also offers opportunities, thanks to its natural strengths such as the industrial clusters already in place. What’s possibly even more important to the stability and prosperity of the border is the leadership being undertaken to improve cross-border trade.
The March Food Logistics examines an initiative called as the “New Arizona-Sonora Partnership” that has been already set in motion by many players on both sides of the border including state and local governments, the private sector, academics, interest groups and advocates.
The days when Phoenix, Ariz. and Hermosillo, Sonora were not collaborating are gone, and both Arizonans and Sonorans are engaging actively in trade, investment, cooperation and political dialog. There is a new understanding on both sides of the border, but why is it so important to keep this momentum going? How can we foster the current mutual understanding and progress?
After Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich took office last year, they made clear that the Arizona-Sonora relationship was a priority for their administrations, and over the last year there have been very symbolic moments of trust at the capital level.
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