FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pharr, Texas – Pharr city leaders are proud to announce that they will be hosting the multi-agency United States – Mexico Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group (BBXG) East Regional Meeting in Pharr. The group, made up of leaders from the United States Department of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, and officials from ten U.S. and Mexican border states meets three times a year to further joint initiatives that improve the efficiency of existing crossings and coordinate planning for new ones.

The meeting will take place starting at 8 am on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Pharr Events Center (3000 N. Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577) with Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. welcoming leaders, members of the organization, and dignitaries to the event. 

“Cross-border trade is at the heart of our thriving city and makes up the vibrant economy you see here in the Rio Grande Valley and across the border in our sister country of Mexico,” said Mayor Hernandez. “We are thrilled to have finally witnessed the passing of USMCA by Congress and President Trump’s swift signing of this vital legislation into law, so that we may all begin to plan for and begin to assume the new changes that it will enact,” he continued. “This meeting will allow us to further collaborate on joint initiatives that will improve the efficiency of existing crossings and coordinate planning for new ones, as well as allow us the opportunity to discuss the changes that we will need to implement across our respective states and countries to ensure a smooth transition from our former NAFTA Agreement,” he added.

Joining Mayor Hernandez in presenting Opening Remarks are Froylan Yescas Cedillo, Consul of Mexico, Mexican Consulate, McAllen, TX, Mario Chacon, Director General for North America, SRE, and Rebecca Daley, Border Affairs Coordinator, U.S. Department of State. Public presentations will also include updates and discussion with over ten bridge personnel and directors from throughout the border regions on both sides of the border. 

All media and the public are invited to attend. 

DETAILS
WHAT:  U.S. – Mexico Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group (BBXG) East Regional Meeting
WHEN:  Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 8:00 am 
WHERE: Pharr Events Center (3000 N. Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577)
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