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Thomas R. Hardy
USTDA GRANT SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW AIRPORT IN NORTHWEST MEXICO
TIJUANA, MEXICO (February 26, 2009) – Reflecting the Agency’s ongoing support for the objectives of Mexico’s 2007-2012 National Infrastructure Program (NIP), USTDA awarded a grant today to Opción Integradora Baja Aeropuerto, S. de R.L. de C.V. (OIB Aeropuerto) to promote the development of new airport infrastructure in northwest Mexico. The grant will be used to develop a roadmap for a greenfield international passenger and cargo airport in Ensenada, Mexico. This grant represents further investment from USTDA in the development of Mexico’s economic development. Last year, USTDA provided over $2 million in support of priority infrastructure projects that further the objectives of the NIP, including three other airport development grants that were awarded in February 2008 at the USTDA-sponsored U.S. and Mexico: Building Partnerships in Infrastructure conference in Mexico City. Together, these grants reflect USTDA’s strategy of focusing on development projects in Mexico that will create opportunities for the export of U.S. manufactured goods and services.
The $630,000 grant was conferred in a signing ceremony at the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana. U.S. Consul General in Tijuana Ronald J. Kramer and OIB Aeropuerto General Manager Hector Moisés Calderón Quintero signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. government and OIB Aeropuerto, respectively.
Ensenada International Airport (EIA) is one of three new airports selected for development under the NIP, which outlines goals and strategies to increase the coverage, quality and competitiveness of Mexico’s transportation, energy and environmental infrastructure. OIB Aeropuerto is a private company that was granted a 30-year concession by the Government of Mexico in 2007 to construct, administer, and operate the airport. The airport is intended to replace Ensenada’s small general aviation airport (El Ciprés), which is surrounded by the city and cannot be expanded further, and to serve as a secondary airport for the city of Tijuana, located 80 kilometers to the north. In addition, EIA would serve as a cargo and logistics hub for northwest Mexico in support of the NIP objective of increasing the country’s air cargo capacity by 50 percent. The airport would have intermodal links to seaports and surface transportation, including road and rail.
OIB has selected T.Y. Lin International of San Francisco, California, as the U.S. firm that will perform the USTDA-supported study. In addition to the grant awarded today, T.Y. Lin International will contribute additional resources toward the study’s completion.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair, open trading environment. USTDA's strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.
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