The Conference of Governors of the Gulf of Mexico is a forum in which the governors
of the eleven states bordering on the Gulf of Mexico concur. Florida, Alabama,
Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas of the United States of America and Tamaulipas,
Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo of Mexico.
Both the governments and the private sector organizations of those states,
concerned about the social and economic development of their communities, as
much as for the growth of their infrastructure and their cultural and scientific
enrichment and acknowledging the potential that the Gulf of Mexico basin offers
for the development of these activities, have commited themselves to the task
of establishing the necessary works to institute the Conference of Governors
of the Gulf of Mexico as an annual event.
During the First Conference, held in the city of Campeche, Campeche, Mexico
on may 13th, 1995, the "States of the Gulf of Mexico Accord" was signed, event
that gave birth to the States of the Gulf of Mexico Initiative, which constitutes
the instrument by which public authorities, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists
and citizens of the eleven states will be able to work systematically in projects
and proposals that can lead to their sustainable growth. As a result this will
increase the welfare and the quality of life of their communities.
The States of the Gulf of Mexico Initiative will hold working sessions every
three months alternatively in both countries during which opportunities in investment,
foreign trade, infrastructure and communications, tourism, health and ecology,
agriculture, forestry, fishery, education and culture will be identified.
Whenever the importance of the topics deserve it, non governmental organizations,
civic associations and specialists who can contribute to make use of the comparative
advantages of each state, promote the region on an international basis and,
thus, transform the enormous potential of the region into realities, will be
The Annual Conference of Governors will aim at having the state executives
to know and support the works accomplished in the States of the Gulf of Mexico
Initiative, agreeing on whatever is necesary to give the projects that are worth
it, an official status and at the same time, make public in their states the
results derived from those projects.