President Enrique Peña Nieto met with US President Barack Obama during the official visit to Washington D.C.
The president said today that the Mexican government will observe the US electoral process with great interest, “But will not express its views or become involved in it. It is a matter solely for the American people.”
At a joint press conference, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that in 2013, the governments of both nations agreed to work on a multi-thematic agenda in favor of regional competitiveness and highlighted the agreement with President Barack Obama on the importance of institutionalizing the achievements in the bilateral relationship so that they endure over time.
Achievements of the Multi-thematic Agenda
- The High Level Economic Dialogue, involving top officials from both governments, “Has undoubtedly become a platform for integration, competitiveness and growth, and we agreed at this meeting to make it permanent, so that the benefits arising from this dialogue endure over time”.
Joint preclearance programs are in place, “Which help reduce costs by up to 50 percent, while waiting times have been reduced by up to 60 percent”.
This program has been implemented at Laredo Airport, Texas, at the Otay Mesa border crossing, Baja California, and a similar program will soon begin operating in Ciudad Juárez.
- As a result of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, this year more than 64,000 Mexican students will engage in academic activities in the United States.
- The Energy Business Council has been formalized to support Mexico's transition to a competitive, open market.
- The forthcoming entry into force of the Bilateral Air Agreement will improve connectivity between the two countries. The aim is, from the entry into force of this agreement, for there to be more flights to provide better links between the United States and Mexico”.
- A high-level group on drugs, focused on heroin and fentanyl, has been established.
New Bilateral Agenda Mechanisms
- High-Level Economic Dialogue (DEAN). Attempts 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.
- Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII). Designed to promote the competitiveness and economic development of the region through student mobility, academic exchange, research and innovation programs.
- Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) seeks 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. The forum also seeks to establish and strengthen bi-national knowledge networks by creating research and innovation centers in both countries.
"I recognize President Barack Obama as a committed leader in our bilateral relations, which, I must say, are currently experiencing one of their best moments and stages in the history of relations between the two countries,” he said.
“The next US president will find in Mexico and its government a constructive and purposeful attitude and good faith to expand relations between our nations”.