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BECC-NADB Board of Directors meets in Tijuana

Posted on February 07, 2011

BECC-NADB Board of Directors meets in Tijuana

Board announces the certification and financing of two wastewater treatment plants in Tijuana. New Community Assistance Program is approved

Private Meeting of the Board with the participation of Governor OsunaThe Board of Directors of the BECC and the NADB had a busy workday in Tijuana on February 8th. The Board met privately at noon and later held a public meeting at the Tijuana Cultural Center.

With Baja California Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo in attendance, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ricardo Ochoa, announced the certification of two projects in Baja California with a cost of more than US $16 million, as well as a new financing program by the NADB, called the “Community Assistance Program” (CAP). 
Karen Mathiesen recognizes the work of both institutions

In addition to Ricardo Ochoa, Head of the International Affairs Unit at Mexico’s Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit and Chairman of the Board, the meeting was attended by Karen Mathiasen, Director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Board Co-Chair; Enrique Lendo, Head of the International Affairs Unit at Mexico’s Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources; Michael Stahl, Director of the Regional and Bilateral Affairs Office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Eduardo Baca, General Director for North America at Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs; Stewart Tuttle, U.S. Department of State Border Affairs Coordinator; Border State Representative Larry Larrañaga; and Roberto Zambrano, Vice-President of Pronatura.

Welcoming remarks for the public meeting, held for the first time ever in Tijuana, Baja California, were made by Mayor Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, who highlighted the efforts made by these two institutions for the benefit of the border environment. 

Governor Osuna, who represents Mexican border states in the Board of Directors, acknowledged that his state has benefited from the BECC-NADB programs with various projects, primarily related to water, wastewater, and road paving. 

Incidentally, this state has had 21 projects certified and financed by the two institutions. These projects have an estimated cost of US $1 billion and have benefited more than 2.5 million residents. 

Chair of the Board, Ricardo OchoaoBoard Chairman Ricardo Ochoa said that during the closed meeting, the Board reviewed and approved several items that are critical to improve NADB’s services and programs, including the CAP, which “is expected to provide support to low-income communities, so that much-needed infrastructure projects may be implemented.” The CAP is a grant program designed to assist communities with limited or no borrowing capacity. It will be available for projects from all sectors eligible for NADB financing, with priority being given to water, wastewater, and solid waste projects. 

The new certified projects are the Tecolote-La Gloria Wastewater Treatment Plant and La Morita Wastewater Treatment Plant. The first will have capacity to treat 127 liters per second during its initial phase, and will serve the San Antonio basin’s coastal area. La Morita will have capacity to treat 254 liters per second and will serve the city’s eastern areas. Combined, the two plants will benefit more than 311,000 local residents. 

Together, these plants are estimated to cost more than US$16 million to build, and will receive $4.8 million in financing as part of a US$22 million loan previously approved by NADB, to complement grants issued by Mexico’s National Water Commission, a loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and equity funds contributed by the local utility, the State Commission for Public Services in Tijuana (CESPT).

As part of the meeting activities, the Board members visited infrastructure projects in Tijuana to see first-hand the projects certified by the BECC and financed with NADB funds. In its 16 years of operation, BECC has certified 177 environmental infrastructure projects along the U.S.-Mexico border. NADB has provided more than US$1.22 billion in loans and grants to support 151 of those projects, which represent a total investment of approximately US$3.2 billion and will benefit more than 12.7 million border residents.

Maria Elena Giner and Geronimo Gutierrez, BECC General Manager and Managing Director of Nadbank, presented their report to the BoardMayor of Tijuana, Carlos Bustamante, gives the welcoming remarksPublic Meeting held at the Cultural Center of Tijuana




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