In a move designed to improve trade and transport,the U.S. and Mexico
opened a new border crossing,on Monday.
The first new border entry point
to open in a decade connects the Texas town of McAllen by the Anzalduas Bridge
with Reynosa in Mexico.
McAllen's Mayor said the crossing cost $100
million and has been 100% constructed with recycled materials.
Calderon,President of Mexico,flew in for Monday's inuaguration event with U.S.
Trade Representative,Ron Kirk.
Local newspaper,San Antonio News,quoted
Kirk saying,"This bridge is more than a link between Mexico and America,
between north and south. It is also a potent symbol of our connectiveness. You
all knew that a new crossing would bring benefits to this entire region,and
those benefits begin today."
The border between the U.S. and Mexico is
the busiest in the world,with some 350 million crossings per year. According to
figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce,trade in both directions between
the two neightbors adds up to around one billion dollars,daily.
as opening the new border crossing,Calderon has pushed through an impressive
package of other Mexico
investments in infrastructure during a difficult economic period.