The Border Trade Alliance (BTA) recently honored Congressman Henry Cuellar with the “Friend of the Americas” Award during their conference “Building A Competitive U.S.- Mexico Border,” on August 30th in Mexico City.
Working with entities throughout Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the BTA advocates on behalf of policies and initiatives designed to bolster border affairs and trade relations among the three trade partners. The BTA presents the award to those individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership on issues that span borders and promote commerce and cooperation.
“The relationship between the United States and Mexico runs deep and bridges commercial, cultural, and educational divides,” said Congressman Cuellar. “As a lifelong member of the border community, it is an honor to receive this award. I am committed to elevate our cross-border relationships and strengthen business and cultural ties. Cross-border cooperation and collaboration has proved to be an ingredient for success, and it is all the more important that we continue to engage and partner with our neighbors to the south.”
BTA Board Chair Paola Avila said, “Congressman Cuellar is incredibly deserving of this award. On complicated and sometimes contentious issues facing stakeholders who live and work along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders, Rep. Cuellar offers a continuous desire to make our border regions better and enhance the quality of life around them.”
Past recipients include former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Dr. Herminio Blanco, Mexico’s chief negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement.