Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Mexico's Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes opened ConnectMEX: U.S.-Mexico Transport and Telecom Conference. ConnectMEX will directly link U.S. companies with the most promising transportation and telecommunications projects being developed in Mexico, which plans to invest more than $100 billion over the next five years to modernize its infrastructure in these critical sectors under its 2014-2018 National Infrastructure Program.
"USTDA is sponsoring ConnectMEX to help establish stronger transportation and telecommunications connections between Mexico and the United States," Director Leocadia I. Zak said during her opening remarks. "We are proud to connect industry-leading U.S. experts to Mexico's plans to enhance its infrastructure in order to improve the daily lives of its people."
Conference attendees will post real-time information on Twitter using the #ConnectMEX hashtag. During ConnectMEX, which concludes tomorrow in Mexico City, USTDA will showcase specific transportation and telecommunications project opportunities and will unveil its Major Infrastructure Projects in Mexico: A Resource Guide for U.S. Industry, which will provide detailed descriptions of project opportunities in these two sectors. Following the conference, USTDA will release a complete Resource Guide to highlight additional projects in Mexico's energy, water and environment sectors. Interested U.S. firms may contact the USTDA Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-875-4357 to request a copy of the Resource Guide.
At the conclusion of the opening plenary session, USTDA awarded a technical assistance grant to the Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles, Mexico's national railroad trade association, to support its efforts to modernize its fleet of specialized freight railcars. The project will recommend specific investments in new systems, services, terminals and railcars to meet the projected growth of freight transportation in the country.
The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded study will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. A link to the FBO announcements will be posted to USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcements.