Western States and Tribal Nations (WSTN) and Mexico's Conference of Local Authorities of North America, known by its Spanish acronym CALAN, signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral ties and help advance issues of common interest including natural gas exports, tribal and indigenous self-determination and cross-border economic development.
The agreement signed by WSTN President Andrew Browning and CALAN President Javier López Casarín recognizes the importance of the trading partnership between Mexico and the United States and both nations' commitment to actions that advance the development of local municipalities and cities. CALAN is part of an initiative supported by Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Relations.
It is WSTN's second collaboration with Mexico. The State of Baja California is a signatory to WSTN's foundational memorandum of understanding and holds a seat on the Board of Directors.
"Our partnership with CALAN furthers our bilateral nature and reflects the increasing importance of Mexico as a partner for exporting natural gas produced in the Rockies," Browning said. "We want to increase our understanding of Mexico's goals and needs, and share the aspirations of our unique government-led organization, which already includes Mexico as a partner."
Mexico's liquefied natural gas industry is growing. Sempra LNG and Mexico City-based iEnova, subsidiaries of Sempra Energy, in November announced that they had reached a final investment decision to build the first LNG export facility on North America's Pacific Coast, Energía Costa Azul, located near Enseñada, Baja California.
Another Sempra-owned entity, Vista Pacifico LNG, has also filed for authorization to export U.S. natural gas via a proposed LNG liquefaction facility to be sited in Topolobampo, Sinaloa.
CALAN and WSTN are in the early stages of discussions on holding a forum in Mexico City later this year.