WHEREAS the states of Mexico and the United States of America bordering
on the Gulf of Mexico share a well defined geographic region, and
WHEREAS the states of the Gulf of Mexico have many areas of common interest
including the support of private sector development between our regions,
and the implementation of the articles of the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA), and
WHEREAS the states of the Gulf of Mexico share a common desire to foster
and encourage mutual cooperation between the respective member states,
WHEREAS the states of the Gulf of Mexico have identified numerous areas
of mutual interest including the objectives of encouraging trade, investment,
transportation, communication, tourism, health and environmental issues,
agriculture, educational and cultural exchange between the two geographic
regions for the benefit of our citizens, and
WHEREAS we the Governors of these states have convened to explore these
opportunities for partnerships, joint ventures, bilateral and other agreements,
to enhance mutually beneficial development opportunities.
THEREFORE, be it resolved: That we, the undersigned, pledge our support
for the creation of working partnerships between the states to foster
the evolution of economic development and infrastructure development opportunities,
as well as educational and cultural exchanges. As part of this pledge,
and to coordinate our efforts to implement this agreement, we each consent
to designate one representative to the States of the Gulf of Mexico Initiative,
and to undertake joint cooperative activities in areas of mutual interest.
These activities shall include annual meetings of the States of the Gulf
of Mexico Governors, to continue the dialogue we have begun today and
to implement those activities mutually agreed to by the member states.
We direct that the location of such meetings and activities alternate
between the two countries.
Signed in the City of Campeche, Cam., on May 13, 1995, in the eleven
originals in English and Spanish languages, all text being equally authentic.