US and Canada an­nounce first-ever bi­na­tional bor­der in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment plan

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The US Sec­re­tary of Home­land Se­cu­rity Janet Napoli­tano, along with Ray LaHood, Sec­re­tary of the United States Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, Denis Lebel, Min­is­ter of Trans­port, In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties, Min­is­ter of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Agency of Canada for the Re­gions of Que­bec and Min­is­ter of In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, and Vic Toews, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safety, re­leased the first-ever joint United States-Canada Bor­der In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan (BIIP). The de­vel­op­ment and re­lease of this ini­tia­tive ful­fills a com­mit­ment made un­der the 2011 United StatesCanada Be­yond the Bor­der Ac­tion Plan.

“An in­te­grated, bi­lat­eral ap­proach to bor­der in­vest­ment is crit­i­cal to both the US and Cana­dian economies,” said Sec­re­tary Napoli­tano. “The Bor­der In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Plan of­fers en­hanced se­cu­rity along our shared US-Cana­dian bor­der, while re­duc­ing wait times at ma­jor bor­der cross­ings—in­creas­ing the flow of traf­fic across the bor­der while en­sur­ing safe and se­cure trade and travel.”

The BIIP is an in­tera­gency and bi­na­tional plan­ning mech­a­nism de­vel­oped to es­tab­lish a mu­tual un­der­stand­ing of re­cent, on­go­ing, and po­ten­tial bor­der in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments. It out­lines the ap­proach that the United States and Canada will take to co­or­di­nate plans for phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture up­grades at small and re­mote ports of en­try. This ini­tia­tive will be up­dated and dis­sem­i­nated an­nu­ally.

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