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Secretary Nelson Leads the Border Trade Advisory Committee Meeting in Brownsville

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Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson. Courtesy image
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By Roberto Hugo González

Brownsville, Texas – To bolster cross-border trade and enhance infrastructure, Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson chaired a meeting of the Border Trade Advisory Committee (BTAC) in Brownsville today. The meeting, held in coordination with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), brought together a diverse group of public and private sector stakeholders from the Texas-Mexico border region.

Border Trade Advisory Committee in Brownsville. Courtesy Image

Strengthening Texas’ Role in International Trade

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Secretary Nelson emphasized Texas’ leadership role in international trade and contributing to a robust state economy. “Texas is a leader in international trade, which helps fuel a strong economy for our state,” she stated. She highlighted the critical role of BTAC in making trade across borders more efficient and beneficial for Texas and its economic partners.

About the Border Trade Advisory Committee

Formed by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, BTAC’s primary purpose is to craft strategies and offer recommendations for addressing key border trade transportation challenges. These recommendations play a pivotal role in legislative discussions, influencing border reports presented to the Texas Senate and House leaders.

Goals of BTAC

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            •          Engagement: Ensuring the involvement of port-of-entry stakeholders in TxDOT’s transportation planning.

            •          Needs Addressing: Prioritizing Texas-Mexico Border transportation needs within TxDOT’s strategic initiatives.

            •          Strategic Planning: Contributing to the Border Strategic Transportation Initiatives Plan and the comprehensive Texas Border Transportation Master Plan.

            •          Advisory Role: Advising on trade issues, priorities, and necessary funding for freight improvements that bolster the state’s economic vitality and global competitiveness.

The Secretary’s Role in Border Affairs

Secretary Nelson, the Governor’s liaison for Texas Border and Mexican Affairs, plays a vital role in cross-border relations. Her responsibilities include coordinating with Mexican officials, monitoring legislative developments affecting border issues, and representing Texas at international forums such as the Border Governors Conference.

Enhancing Cross-Border Infrastructure and Commerce

The stakeholders at the meeting discussed various strategies to overcome cross-border infrastructure challenges and promote safe, secure, and efficient international commerce. By addressing these key issues, BTAC aims to further enhance the flow of trade, which is crucial to the regional and state economies.

The meeting in Brownsville marks a significant step towards implementing robust measures that support ongoing and future trade initiatives. As these plans progress, the insights from today’s discussions are expected to drive significant developments in cross-border trade facilitation, benefiting Texas and its international trade partners.

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