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Mexico delegation attends 2007 APWA International Congress in San Antonio

Julio C. Fuentes
Senior Traffic Engineer
City of San Diego, California
Member, APWA International Affairs Committee

The APWA-AMMAC Task Force hosted a number of important visitors from Mexico at the San Antonio Congress. Our Mexico guests included a delegation from the Mexico Construction Chamber (CMIC) - Tijuana Delegation. The Board of Directors from CMIC was represented by their President Ruben Garcia Fons. Other members of their executive board included Hector Peterson, Luis Oviedo, Sergio Lujan, and Carlos Verdugo. Zeferino Sanchez of the Mexico Telecommunications Commission and Hector Peterson of CMIC participated at the Congress with a presentation of the advances that the Baja, California region is making with large-scale water desalination projects. Also in attendance was Cesar Gomez, Public Works Director for the State of Mexico.

This was the second time that technical sessions were provided with simultaneous translation to Spanish, and Spanish-speaking visitors were able to fully participate in all Congress activities thanks to this effort from the local International Events Subcommittee in close coordination with our APWA National Congress staff. We had the opportunity also to meet with Alejandro Flores of Krebs, LaSalle, LeMieux Consultants, who is coordinating all international activities for the New Orleans Congress in 2008. We are already in the process of coordinating a wider attendance and participation from Mexico and Latin America at the 2008 Congress.

The Mexico delegates asked me to express their appreciation in particular to the local organizing committee in San Antonio and Lamberto "Bobby" Balli of the HNTB Corporation for all their graceful attentions. Our Mexico partners will make efforts to increase their participation in New Orleans and ensure that our Congress is a success beyond doubt at international celebration.

Julio Fuentes is the APWA-AMMAC Task Force Chair and a member of the International Affairs Committee. He can be reached at (619) 533-3092 or JFuentes@sandiego.gov.