AMEXCID completed the process of creating policy
instruments for international cooperation and broadened the scope of Mexico’s
aid to Latin America.
The National Crusade Against Hunger was internationalized
and Mexico worked with FAO to improve food security and nutrition.
Since the start of the current administration, the Mexican
Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), a decentralized
body of the Foreign Ministry, has focused on institution building and creating
channels for Mexico’s international cooperation and promotion.
In 2015, it completed the process of creating the main legal
instruments of its global development cooperation policy, which are included in
the Law on International Development Cooperation (LIDC). Mexico is now positioned
as a leader in the negotiations on international cooperation and development
financing, and as a country with a modern and inclusive foreign policy.
According to the AMEXCID annual report, Mexico is a global actor
that participates in various global forums and an active member of the international
community. It understands that—in order to develop domestically and improve the
welfare of its society—it must build and strengthen its relations with the
Mexico’s position on development
cooperation had a special impact on the Third International Conference on
Financing for Development in Addis Ababa. The Action Agenda aims to further
strengthen the means of implementation for the 2030 Development Agenda and
achieve the sustainable development goals.
AMEXCID made use of the regional arrangements in Latin
America to expand the reach of Mexican collaboration, make it less fragmented
and facilitate learning and the exchange of practices between regional development
and coordination mechanisms, an innovation in South-South cooperation.
Tuxtla Summit, one of the main achievements of Mexican cooperation in the
region, was held this year. The “Mesoamerica without Hunger” initiative was
launched at the summit as the ninth line of action of the Mesoamerican
Integration and Development Project. This internationalized the National Crusade
Against Hunger and Mexico’s collaboration with FAO in order to improve food and
nutritional security in the region.
year, for the first time, Master Health Plans were agreed on that establish
specific regional priorities and actions for addressing common challenges,
giving substance to and making operational the Mesoamerican Public Health System.
virtual center of excellence for Mesoamerican forest monitoring was launched as
part of the program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest
Degradation (REDD+) in Mexico and South-South cooperation was promoted with the
Norwegian government and the UN-REDD Programme.
telecommunications: This year saw the launch of the Mesoamerican
Information Highway, a 1,800 km fiber optic network installed on the
infrastructure of the Central American Electric Interconnection System (SIEPAC)
in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The
network will help bridge the digital divide and increase public access to the
was made in modernizing the International Network of Mesoamerican Highways
(RICAM), a 13,132 km network of roads that includes the Mesoamerican Integration
Corridor (Pacific Corridor). 95% of the goods traded in the region use this
was strengthened, making Mexico a destination for training highly-skilled human
resources. As part of the Pacific Alliance student mobility platform, 276 scholarships
have been awarded. In 2014 and 2015, Mexico achieved the target of providing
100 scholarships annually. In addition, Mexico has awarded about 100
scholarships to Haitian students under the 300 Scholarships for Haiti program.
In 2015 (as of December 15), 35,141 students have taken part
in academic exchange programs in the United States. Since 2014, over 65,000
Mexicans have benefitted from these programs. An important part of this is due
to the SEP-SRE Proyecta 100,000 for training
students and teachers in English as a second language.
opportunities for training highly-skilled human capital were sought by
optimizing the ties between academia and the industrial sector for economic
development, which has expanded the possibilities for exchanges for Mexican
graduate students to more Canadian universities.
A Foreign Ministry/AMEXCID cooperation agreement was signed in 2015 to
institutionalize cooperation between Mexico’s diplomatic offices abroad and the
In addition, in 2015, Mexico
and the United Kingdom organized the "Year of Mexico in the United
Kingdom" and "Year of the U.K. in Mexico" to raise awareness of
the diversity of Mexico’s cultural heritage, its rich history and its
traditions. The dynamic economic and trade relationship between the two countries
and their privileged position for trade, investment and tourism was also