June 14, 2018 / Modified jun 14, 2018 10:30 a.m.

Mining Tops Sonora's Agenda at Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

The commission started in the late 1950s as a way to promote economic development in the border region.

Yamilett Martinez thumb Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office in Hermosillo, Sonora. (PHOTO: Murphy Woodhouse, Fronteras Desk)

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HERMOSILLO, Mex. — Business and government leaders from Arizona and Sonora are en route to Tucson for the Arizona-Mexico Commission summit, which kicks off Thursday.

Among the items on the two-day agenda are professional sports, cross-border supply chains, tourism and streamlining customs policies.

Mining will be a big focus for the Sonoran government, according to Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office.

“How to develop compatible mining, which is the new way of approaching mining, having respect for the environment,” she told the Fronteras Desk in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The commission started in the late 1950s as a way to promote economic development in the border region. Trade between Arizona and Mexico topped $15 billion last year, making the state’s southern neighbor its most important trading partner.

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This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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