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Mining Top Of Agenda For Sonora At Upcoming Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit

Yamilett Martinez
Murphy Woodhouse/KJZZ
Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office in Hermosillo, Sonora.

Business and government leaders from Arizona and Sonora are en route to Tucson for the Arizona-Mexico Commission summit, which kicks off Thursday.  

Among the items on the two-day agenda are professional sports, cross-border supply chains, tourism and streamlining customs policies.

Mining will be a big focus for the Sonoran government, according to Yamilett Martinez, director of the state’s international cooperation office.

“How to develop compatible mining, which is the new way of approaching mining, having respect for the environment,” she told KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The commission started in the late 1950s as a way to promote economic development in the border region. Trade between Arizona and Mexico topped $15 billion last year, making the state’s southern neighbor its most important trading partner.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.