Mexico and the United States promote a vision of shared responsibility at the border, as well as a new cooperation agenda for modernizing border infrastructure and promoting the welfare of the binational community of the ten border states, whose combined economies represent the fourth largest economy in the world.
The New Bilateral Agenda consists of the following mechanisms:
- The Top Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN).
- The Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII).
- The Mexico United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC).
These mechanisms have made it possible to place issues related to competitiveness, education, research and innovation at the center of the bilateral agenda. A strategic vision has been developed, concentrating efforts on generating tangible economic benefits that positively impact the quality of life of both societies.
Three years after its creation, the mechanisms of the New Agenda have made it possible to align the efforts of both countries to find binational solutions to the economic challenges we face. The governments of Mexico and the United States are working in a coordinated manner to change the perception of the border so that it is regarded as an area of mutual prosperity, with a long-term, sustainable vision.
On September 20, 2013, during the visit to Mexico of Vice President Joseph Biden, who met with President Peña Nieto, the Economic High Level Dialogue (DEAN) was launched and its first meeting held, with the participation of seven Secretaries of State and senior officials from both countries.
DEAN seeks to focus efforts on high-impact strategic actions to promote competitiveness and connectivity, foster economic growth, productivity, entrepreneurship and innovation, and generate partnerships for regional and global leadership.
The second DEAN meeting was held on January 6, 2015, within the framework of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Washington DC. During the meeting, the strategic work priorities to be addressed in 2015 were established: energy, modern border, workforce development, regulatory cooperation and the exercise of regional and global leadership:
On February 25, 2016, the Third Annual Meeting of DEAN was held at the Foreign Affairs Secretariat. The US delegation was led by Vice President Joe Biden.
On May 21, 2014, the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) was formally launched during Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Mexico.
An Action Plan was adopted to promote the competitiveness and economic development of the region through student mobility, academic exchange, research and innovation programs. It was also agreed to create public-private partnerships and create synergies between institutions to meet the development needs of the workforce in the two countries and trigger the potential of the border region. Successful collaborative efforts in academic mobility and language teaching were identified, and a bilateral bank of good practices created. The forum also seeks to establish and strengthen bi-national knowledge networks by creating research and innovation centers in both countries.
Within the framework of FOBESII, on March 16, 2015, the Mexico - United States Professional Internship Program was created, which seeks to increase the number of students and recent graduates taking internships at companies in both countries. The binational website Mobilitas was also launched, concentrating and disseminating information on higher education institutions and their curricula. Since the launch of FOBESII, 30,901 Mexican students and teachers have participated in exchange programs with higher education institutes and innovation centers in the United States. Fifty cooperation agreements between universities and institutions in both countries have also been signed.
During the meeting held on February 25, 2016, it was agreed to expand the focus to include other issues such as services, tourism and social sciences, increase the number of beneficiaries and expand the programs.
The Mexican coordinator of FOBESII focuses on the Project 100,000 Program, which has set a target of a hundred thousand Mexicans studying in the United States and fifty thousand Americans doing so in Mexico in 2018. Project 100,000 complements the initiative of US President Barack Obama, “The Force of 100,000 in the Americas,” which aims to send 100,000 Americans to study in Latin American universities and vice versa over a period of four years.
In May 2013, the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) was set up to create and develop small and medium enterprises and boost the competitiveness of the two countries. It is led by Mexico’s National Institute of Entrepreneurs and the United States Department of State. Four Museic meetings have been held.
During the meeting in Monterrey on January 23, 2015, a cooperation agreement was signed between INADEM and the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs (AEM) in the United States to ensure that its members are part of the seven subcommittees that make up the Council. In addition, as part of regional efforts being made to promote the economic empowerment of women in the three countries of the North American region, Canada joined the Subcommittee on Entrepreneurship Led by Women in April 2015. On June 19, 2015, Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, signed a letter of intent between the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and the Arizona Commerce Authority, during a visit to Mexico City.