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Binational seminar to spur ideas on reducing border wait

Experts from the United States and Mexico will gather Tuesday at the 2014 Binational Seminar, focused on reducing border wait times and increasing the border region's global competitiveness.

Hosted by the San Diego Association of Governments, the seminar will include a keynote address from Raúl Urteaga, general coordinator of international affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, which helped negotiate Mexico’s free-trade agreements. The seminar's theme will be “Efficient Border: A Globally Competitive Region.”

According to SANDAG, studies show that the U.S. and Mexican economies lose $7.2 billion in gross output and 62,000 jobs annually because of long international border wait times in the region.

The seminar will feature an expert panel discussion on bi-national industry clusters and another on envisioning a more efficient border. It will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Southwestern College Higher Education Center, 8100 Gigantic Street in Otay Mesa.

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