THE CITY OF MONTERREY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSAL FORUM OF CULTURES
Francisco Azcunaga: "We have the eyes, the talent and the heart to make both projects feasible: Forum Monterrey 2007 and the International City of Knowledge"
During this morning’s presentation of the strategic project of Monterrey as the International City of Knowledge, the link between this project and the Universal Forum of Cultures 2007. The director of the University of Monterrey, Francisco Azcunaga, declared that, "the city is very committed to the Forum, which is an appointment we must fulfill. And we will have to do many things. We will need to work hard to meet this international commitment. We have the eyes, the talent and the heart to make both projects feasible: Forum Monterrey 2007 and the International City of Knowledge”.
The director of the University of Monterrey added that "the Forum is not an end, it is a means. We believe in the dream of the governor. In 2007 Monterrey will hardly recognize itself".
Among the many projects that have already been designed with a view to 2007 is the connection of the future site of the Universal Forum of Cultures (the Fundidora Park) with downtown. They are about forty hectares that will undergo a great transformation; twenty-seven of which already are the property of the administration.
Also mention was made about the involvement of the state of Texas, in the United States, with Forum Monterrey 2007. Romeo Flores Caballero, of the project called Regional Connection, commented that during the second edition of the Universal Forum of Cultures, although the epicenter logically will be the city of Monterrey, it is expected they will be working towards a regional involvement. The states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila and Texas make up a region of 1.2 million square kilometers; a population of more than 35 million people; 950,000 million dollars of gross domestic product; 800,000 km of highways; 27,000 km of railroad; 29 airports and 19 ports. "The flow-on effects that the Forum will have in this region are evident. In addition there is the project to link San Antonio with Monterrey by high-speed train", commented Romeo Flores.
Also planned is the involvement of the university and academic network of Monterrey in the project of the Universal Forum of Cultures and Knowledge - Monterrey 2007, as well as the support of large corporations like CEMEX, that has already met with the organizing committee of Forum Monterrey 2007 to consider their economic backing in this international event.