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 approval.

-The commissioning of border infrastructure works: 

1. The Pedestrian Airport Connection in Tijuana-San Diego;

2. The railway bridge between Matamoros-Brownsville; and

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 to 60%.

- 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 was achieved: 

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 region.”