Winnipeg urged to forge ties with Mexico, U.S.

By Craig Huckerby, Manitoba Trade and Investment, June 2, 2006

North America's Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) conference has been held in Winnipeg - the first time the conference has been hosted in Canada. The NASCO conference is an annual event that brings together representatives from Canada, Mexico and the United States. At the conference, representatives discuss trade and transportation issues related to the mid-cntinent trade corridor that runs from Churchill to Mexico.

One of the issues discussed was the role of cities in trade. The mayor of San Pedro Garda Garcia, Mexico - a panelist - discussed his belief that transparent and accountable cities makes cities more attractive to investors. To that end, San Pedro Gard Garcia broadcasts city council meetings over the Internet and archives the meetings for future viewing at or at Internet kiosks provided throughout the city.

A Kansas city councillor and conference panelist, indicated her city is taking advantage of its central location through activities like making international trucking easier by setting up a Mexican customs office that allows truckers to pre-clear and avoid line-ups at the Mexican border.

All panelists agreed private sector and government in Mexico, Canada and the US must cooperate on cross-border plans.

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