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Editorial: Unified NM effort a smart south-of-the-border move

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Capitalizing on three concepts – that there is strength in numbers; that two, make that three, heads are better than one; and that innovation beats duplication – the city of Albuquerque, University of New Mexico and state of New Mexico are joining forces on the New Mexico Trade and Higher Education Center of Mexico City.

¡Qué bueno!

The trade and education office in Mexico City’s World Trade Center is designed to capitalize on an already strong relationship with the country, which is the state’s largest export market (more than $800 million in exports in 2013) and strong education partner (UNM has more than 40 agreements, or partnerships, with Mexican schools).

Rather than expending resources on disparate or replicative endeavors, coordinating the effort to strengthen and expand on relationships with Mexico makes sense in terms of time, effort and finances.

Mexican Consul Mauricio Ibarra says “the new office will be a game-changer for the bilateral relationship between Mexico and New Mexico, as it aims to strengthen key areas such as trade and education. We are confident it will also have positive outcomes in terms of cultural and tourism promotion.”

Thanks to Mayor Richard Berry, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and UNM President Bob Frank, the Land of Enchantment is embarking on a productive partnership, not a bureaucratic turf war.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

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