President Enrique Peña Nieto received the Honorable
Mr. Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States, at the official residence
of Los Pinos.
“Your visit to our country today reaffirmed the friendship between the
United States and Mexico. This vision, I repeat, which is shared by the government
of the United States and Mexico, involves acting as a team, and engaging in coordinated
work to address problems we have in common and leveraging the opportunities we
have in common.”
The working visit by President
Barack Obama in May 2013 made it possible to agree new bilateral
cooperation mechanisms, including the High
Level Economic Dialogue (HLED),
headed by Vice President Biden in the United States.
The High Level Economic Dialogue has become an
effective platform for the integration, competitiveness and growth of the
economies of both countries. Today, at the third high-level meeting, progress
was reviewed in the following areas:
- Bilateral Air Services Agreement, which will bring the two societies closer, by
increasing the number of flights and destinations, with more efficient, affordable
options. This Agreement has been submitted to the Senate for
-The commissioning of border infrastructure works:
1. The Pedestrian Airport Connection in Tijuana-San
2. The railway bridge between Matamoros-Brownsville;
3. The Guadalupe-Tornillo Bridge, opened this month.
- Joint preclearance cargo programs were launched,
which will make it possible to reduce costs by up to 50% and waiting times by up
- It was agreed to work on greater cooperation in the
fields of telecommunications and energy, sectors that are critical to the
economic future of both countries.
At the Bilateral
Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the following
1. The signing of over 80 cooperation agreements
between universities in the United States and Mexico.
2. In 2015, 35,000 Mexicans studied in the United
States; the goal for 2016 is 50,000.
“We have gone from having a relationship focused almost
exclusively on security issues to expanding our agenda and working on different
mechanisms, to ensure that North America is a more productive, competitive