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NADB takes part in Border Infrastructure International Symposium

Posted on October 23, 2017

NADB takes part in Border Infrastructure International Symposium

On September 28, Calixto Mateos Hanel, Acting Deputy Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB) participated in the Border Infrastructure International Symposium held at the headquarters of the Mexican Association of Civil Engineers and organized by the Alliance for Training and Research in Development Infrastructure in Mexico (Alianza para la Formación e Investigación en Infraestructura para el Desarrollo de México, FiiDEM).

During the discussion of “Challenges in the Development of Border Crossing Infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” the NADB official, along with Paloma Salas, Director of Infrastructure for FOA Consultores S.C. and Juan Carlos Villa, Regional Manager for Latin America at Texas A&M´s Transportation Institute, presented a study commissioned by the NADB to examine projects related to U.S.-Mexico border crossings and Ports of Entry (POE).  

Mateos Hanel reported that this study identifies the different processes that each country follows to modernize existing crossings and build new infrastructure, projects proposed by each country, and their potential financing schemes.

At a press conference convened on the same day by NADB to present the study, the three speakers detailed the most important results of this analysis.

Mateos Hanel told the media that an outline is being proposed to streamline project implementation processes in Mexico, in addition to an IT system that integrates all the information in a single database and makes it available for consultation to all the agencies and stakeholders involved. This study, he said, will make it possible for the NADB to support specific border crossing and POE projects.

Juan Carlos Villa described that processes used on either side of the border were mapped to obtain approval for a crossing, financing mechanisms, and an IT platform structure.

He explained that many of the existing border crossings were built before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and hence the need to expand or build more infrastructure, but this requires coordination among all stakeholders, the development of a prospective analysis, and a review of what trade flows and operations must be streamlined in response to a marked increase in border crossings after NAFTA.

Paloma Salas commented on some of the conclusions of this study, among which she highlighted that in a first phase, existing financing schemes in Mexico should be strengthened and in a second phase, binational financing mechanisms must be established.

Finally, Mateos Hanel said that the study suggests the possibility of exploring a NADB financing scheme that facilitates the development and construction of border crossings on the US-Mexico border.




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