Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto paid a state visit to Colombia in response to an invitation from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.

President Enrique Peña Nieto stressed the importance of the Colombian peace process, not only for its people but also for the region and encouraged Colombia to achieve conflict termination and build a stable, lasting peace.

The presidents stressed the importance of ensuring that Colombia and Mexico regard their strategic relationship as a privileged axis for their political, economic, social and cultural ties.

Some of the issues covered are given below:

They noted the progress in productive linkages between the two countries and asked the trade ministers to continue advancing the incorporation of Colombia and Mexico into global value chains in order to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs and increase trade.

They urged the customs authorities of the two countries to continue advancing a framework that will enable them to mutually provide cooperation on administrative assistance, information exchange and combating customs offenses.

They recalled that bilateral air transport encourages trade, tourism and integration between the two countries and, in that regard, urged the aeronautical authorities to conclude the Air Transport agreement as soon as possible.

They highlighted the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Bancóldex and Bancomext to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the two institutions to promote the flow of bilateral trade and investment.

They underlined the cooperation in consumer protection and defense between the Mexican Federal Consumer Protection Office  and the Colombian Superintendency of Industry and Trade and hailed the signing of a new memorandum of understanding on this matter.

They highlighted the importance of environmental cooperation with the common goal of ensuring that environmental goods are efficiently handled and that sustainable development is promoted in light of the interests of present and future generations.

In this regard, they welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations on the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between the Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat and the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia.

They hailed the rapprochement between the Colombian National Land Agency and the Mexican Agricultural, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) Secretariat resulting in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to improve access to information, knowledge and experiences about the social management of property.

They welcomed the signing of the Agreement between Coldeportes-Colombia and Conade-Mexico in order to lay the groundwork for strengthening exchanges as regards development and excellence in physical culture and sport.

They stressed the importance of security cooperation, particularly to combat transnational organized crime and its various expressions. In this regard, they welcomed the negotiations for the adoption of a framework of cooperation through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Interior Secretariat and the Colombian National Police.

They repeated their commitment to strengthening cooperation and joint efforts in the integral fight against corruption.

They highlighted the adoption of cooperation measures through the Declaration of Intention to Reduce the Theft of Mobile Devices between the Mexican  Communications and Transport Secretariat and the Colombian Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications.

They agreed to reactivate the work of the Bilateral Committee for Cooperation against illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and therefore to organize the Vth Meeting of the Committee to advance cooperation against this scourge.

They repeated their commitment to the fight against illicit trafficking of small and light weapons, as well as compliance with and promotion of the international regime on this matter. They also highlighted the efforts being undertaken in the multilateral context to identify effective measures to enable the fulfillment of commitments on disarmament and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the people and government of Colombia for their hospitality to himself and his delegation during his state visit to Colombia.