New Mexico Signs Partnership Agreement

New Mexico – New Mexico and the Mexican state of Sonora have signed an agreement that details how the two states can work together on issues of health, tourism, security, education and economic development.

Gov. Bill Richardson chaired the inaugural meeting of the New Mexico Sonora Commission on Friday in Santa Fe. He and Sonoran Gov. Guillermo Pades Elias signed the agreement at the end of the meeting.

The governors accepted recommendation from the commission to bring together academic and research institutions through exchanges of teachers and students.

They also approved an effort to survey the New Mexico-Sonora border region for infectious disease, including the seasonal flu, swine flu and other diseases.

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