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Op-Ed: For the future of our Region’s Businesses, Congress Must Ratify the USMCA 

To keep our economy growing, Congress must ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). For over 25 years, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have prospered under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

In addition to helping facilitate trade and business between our nations, NAFTA has empowered our continent to compete with Europe, Asia, and emerging markets the world over. The USMCA is a chance to modernize our continent’s trade agreement, with higher standards, and better policies that will help workers and businesses be even more competitive in the 21st-century economy.

As CEO of the only privately-funded economic development and policy organization that represents three states and two countries along the border, I’ve seen that free trade principles are the foundation of a stable and fruitful relationship with our North American neighbors. The Borderplex region (El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, and Las Cruces, Doña Ana County, NM) is the gateway of trade for the Americas and the fourth-largest manufacturing hub in North America.

In the years that the United States, Canada, and Mexico have operated under clear trade guidelines, exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, manufacturing output in the United States has more than doubled, and our economy has improved significantly, and that’s no coincidence.

That is why I traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week—to encourage Congress to support the USMCA and build upon the quarter-century-old trade agreement. This bold and improved trade deal will address many of the outdated elements of NAFTA and ensure a level playing field for U.S. manufacturers to participate in international markets.

Notably, the USMCA will bring North American trade policy into the digital age by protecting intellectual property and promoting confidence in each economy’s market. This includes best-in-class protections for patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyright, and regulatory data—the safety of which has fostered some of the greatest innovations in American history. These new rules will allow the market of ideas to thrive, pushing our communities toward greater innovation and technological improvement.

The USCMA will also allow data to move freely between partnering countries and protect proprietary source code, allowing businesses to focus resources on innovation instead of overbearing data regulation. The deal also contains new chapters on good regulatory practices and technical barriers to trade. These new rules will prevent discriminatory and unfair practices, and they will improve the reliability and accessibility of new markets for businesses in our region and across America.

The reality is, without a modernized trade agreement, Texas manufacturers alone, could face up to $37.3 billion in extra taxes, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. As a result, many manufacturers and businesses would lose sales to our global competitors.

Additionally, the USMCA will help keep the costs of goods and services low. Tariffs are after all nothing more than a consumer tax. An imposition of tariffs, or a consumer tax, will slow the purchases of goods and services, including essential commodities like food, clothing, and transportation.

The next step is congressional action to ratify this critical agreement. We need our U.S. Representatives and Senators in Congress to immediately declare their support and vote to ratify the accord soon. We cannot ignore the economic importance of free trade with Canada and Mexico. The fate of many businesses in the Borderplex region and the nation are on the line.

Jon Barela is the CEO of the Borderplex Alliance based in El Paso, Texas.

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Eaton to Open Manufacturing Operation in El Paso

Wednesday morning, officials with the Borderplex Alliance, The City of El Paso, and The County of El Paso announced that Eaton, a worldwide power management company, is opening a manufacturing operation in El Paso.

Dee Margo, Mayor, City of El Paso, said, “Eaton Corporation will be an exceptional addition to our local business community. In addition to creating 200 jobs, Eaton will invest over $15 million dollars into our regional economy. Our economic development strategy is in full effect and we are seeing result after result. Companies are recognizing El Paso as a premier place to work, play and visit. We must continue our progress and attract more jobs, more investment, and better opportunities for the people of El Paso.”

According to officials, the new plant will bring over 200 jobs to the region.

Mike Yelton, Senior Vice President – Electrical Sector, Eaton, said, “We’re excited to grow our presence in El Paso. We look forward to working with leaders and future employees in the community to deliver high quality electrical distribution equipment to our customers. Borderplex Alliance and the City and County of El Paso have been great partners, and we appreciate their support of Eaton.”

Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power.  The company has approximately 98,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

Ruben John Vogt, El Paso County Judge, said, “Eaton’s innovative approach to creating power management technologies brings to El Paso yet another diverse company that is building on our growing business portfolio.  The fact that they’ve acquired a property signals their commitment to being partners in our community for years to come; their investment, coupled with the quality jobs they bring, are a clear sign that El Paso is a competitive and desirable place to do business.  We look forward to sharing Eaton’s successful establishment in El Paso with other companies looking to relocate/expand into El Paso.”

Jon Barela, CEO, The Borderplex Alliance said, “We’re thrilled to announce another world-class company is adding new operations in the region and continuing our community’s forward momentum. This announcement is further proof that the Borderplex region is a premier destination for manufacturing and business expansion. My sincerest thanks to Mayor Margo and County Judge Vogt for their leadership and focus on business-friendly policies that improve our community.”

Former President of Mexico Zedillo to Headline 2018 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit

On Monday, officials with the Borderplex Alliance and SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center announced that Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico, will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit, on August 15th at the El Paso Convention Center.

Zedillo said, “I’m excited to join The Borderplex Alliance and SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center for the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit in El Paso, Texas. The Borderplex region historically has been an economically, politically, and culturally critical region for our two great nations. I’m looking forward to what promises to be an interesting day of dialogue and ideas at the 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit.”

Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance added, “President Zedillo is largely credited as one of the key people responsible for the democratization of Mexico. I’m looking forward to hearing his insights on governing Mexico during a critical time in its history and his thoughts on the future of the U.S. – Mexico relationship. We’re proud of the program we put together and the partnership with the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. Together we are hoping to elevate the discussion and make this the best summit yet.”

The 2018 U.S. – Mexico Border Summit will be held on August 15th, starting at 8 a.m. MT.  The summit will include five panels covering trade, economics, politics, infrastructure, manufacturing, and more.

The summit will feature speakers, panelists, and experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Doña Ana County, The Mexico Center at the Baker Institute, The George W. Bush Institute, Union Pacific, the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, The Hunt Institute, the North American Strategy for Competitiveness Organization, the City of Las Cruces, Texas A&M University, UTEP, the Albuquerque Journal, GRUMA, and others.

Luisa Del Rosal, Executive Director of the SMU Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center said, “We’re thrilled to partner with The Borderplex Alliance for this year’s summit. Mexico is the largest export market for Texas, and Texas is the largest exporting state in the U.S. With NAFTA currently under negotiation, this conference is perfectly timed to examine what’s next and how it impacts the border, the state of Texas and both nations.”

To purchase tickets and view the full schedule, list of speakers, panelists, and keynote speakers click here.

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