second video conference of follow up to the High-Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN,
by its initials in Spanish) between Mexico and the United States, took place.
In this occasion it was chaired by the Secretary of Finance, Dr. Luis Videgaray
Caso, and the Secretary of US Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
The DEAN was
created by the presidents of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and of USA, Barack
Obama, in May 2013, with the aim of forging a closer and productive economic
participated in the video conference, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José
Antonio Meade; the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo; the Secretary of
Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza; as well as officials of the
Presidency of the Republic and the Secretariats of Energy (SENER), of Labour
and Social Welfare (STPS), of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development,
Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and of Tourism (SECTUR); besides ProMéxico and the
National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM, all by its initials in
On the US side, it
was attended by representatives of the Office of the Vice President and the
Departments of State, Transportation, Energy, Interior, Homeland Security,
Agriculture, and the National Security Council.
allowed to monitor the progress of the DEAN, from the high-level meeting that
took place within the framework of the visit of President Enrique Peña Nieto to
the United States on last January.
During the meeting,
the six priority areas of DEAN were reviewed: Energy, modern borders, workforce
development, regulatory cooperation, partnership for the regional and global
leadership, and participation of relevant actors in the private sector and
civil society. These areas are driving the overall objectives of the Dialogue:
promoting competitiveness and connectivity; promoting the economic growth, the
productivity, the entrepreneurship and innovation; and develop our regional and
In the energy
sector, the identification of challenges and opportunities regarding the energy
infrastructure was highlighted as well as the development of collaborative
programs in sustainable energy and a Bilateral Business Council on energy.
On the subject of
modern borders, the opening of three border infrastructure projects for 2015
was announced: the Brownsville-Matamoros railway bridge; the Guadalupe-Tornillo
port of entry on the Chihuahua-Texas border and the airport connection
Tijuana-San Diego; as well as the launch of the single manifest for rail
freight (south-north traffic) and the development of single manifests of
similar load in the categories of air, sea and land transport.
In the coming
months, the Service of Tax Administration (SAT, by its initials in Spanish) and
the Agency of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will open some pilot programs
of loading pre-inspection in the Laredo International Airport and in the area
of exports in the Mexican customs of Mesa de Otay-Baja California.
In terms of human
capital formation, the implementation of the Bilateral Forum on Higher
Education, Research and Innovation (FOBESII) was emphasized; 30,901 Mexican
students and teachers have participated in the exchange programs with
institutions of higher education and innovation centers in the United States.
Also, there were been signed 50 cooperation agreements between universities and
institutions of both countries. They will continue to create synergies in strategic
sectors through the science academies of both countries, promoting a greater
collaboration between their governments and their private sectors.
Secretariat of Labor and the Department of Labor (DOL) work on the
implementation of a cooperation project to eliminate the discrimination by
gender and sexual preferences. With the government of California, the STPS (In
Spanish initials) assists in the implementation of a Letter of Intent to
develop a pilot project to combat irregularities in the work performed by the
regulatory cooperation, Mexico and the United States agreed to identify the
areas of opportunity to serve on the second working plan of the Council of High
Level for Regulatory Cooperation.
the National Service of Health, Agriculture and Livestock Safety and Quality
(SENASICA, by its acronym in Spanish) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA,
by its acronym in English) agreed to advance on the cooperation to develop
electronic systems of compatible certification for plants and animals.
On issues of
regional and global leadership, they talked about collaborative projects during
the presidency of Mexico of the Alliance for the Open Government in 2015, among
them Mexico's advances in transparency in the sector of extractive industries
and works to achieve Mexico's accession to the Initiative of Transparency of
the Extractive Industry (EITI, for its acronym in English), as well as their
commitment of working together on infrastructure and training schemes in
customs matters with Central America.
The group also
stressed the importance of involving all stakeholders in the DEAN, such as the
tourism sector through the Working Group of Travel and Tourism with initiatives
of exchange of data and information, facilitation of travels and promotion of
the border tourism, in order to maintain its current and strategic character.
The authorities of both countries maintain a close contact with business
associations and educational institutions, among others, in order to receive
feedback to strengthen the work of the DEAN.
Furthermore, it was
agreed to hold the next High-Level meeting of the DEAN during the first quarter
of 2016, in Mexico.