The University of Texas-Pan American will open a research office for the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership (NAITCP) to be set up at the International Trade and Technology building on campus. The announcement was made following a two-day conference of the NAITCP held Feb. 27-28 - the first time the group has met in Edinburg.
"Through the Center for Border Economic Studies and with the use of federal funding we will open and support an office for the NAITCP right here at The University of Texas-Pan American so we can compliment the efforts of this organization," Vice President of External Affairs Roland S. Arriola told reporters at a press conference Friday.
NAITCP is an organization of mayors and city officials representing U.S., Mexico and Canada and working on border issues affecting member cities. Among the issues of viable interest to the group were - the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Maquila Industry and transportation - in particular the promotion of I-69 and I-35.
"We see Edinburg and the Rio Grande Valley as the gateway to the rest of the world. We're very excited about the economic opportunities that could be developed in this area," said David Eaton, executive director of the NAITCP.
Details on the newly established partnership between the University and NAITCP are still being worked out but organizers have said this could be very beneficial for the entire Rio Grande Valley.
"We are formalizing the process of a working relationship," said Raymundo Valdez, the director of the UTPA office of the NAITCP. "We will work to promote items on the NAITCP agenda and keep all our Valley mayors informed of the organization's efforts."
The NAITCP quarterly conference held at the IT2 building made headlines both sides of the border and attracted representatives from nearly 25 cities, including San Antonio, Laredo, Guadalajara and Monterrey. ###