The HLED promotes
mutual economic growth, job creation and regional and global competitiveness by
advancing strategic economic and commercial priorities of both countries. Its
six priority areas are energy, a modern
border, workforce development, regulatory cooperation, stakeholder (private
sector, academia and society) engagement and regional and global leadership.
The third meeting was chaired, for Mexico, by Foreign
Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray and Economy Secretary
Ildefonso Guajardo. Vice President Joe Biden headed the U.S. delegation. He was
accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Energy Secretary Ernest
The two sides discussed the achievement of 2015 and set the
agenda for 2016. Referring to the economic dialogue, Biden urged both countries
to develop a stronger economic partnership to move "more people, goods and
information across our border."
In 2013, President
Enrique Peña Nieto and President
Barack Obama announced the HLED. Its action plan is based on three pillars:
promoting competitiveness and connectivity, fostering economic growth,
productivity, entrepreneurship and innovation; and partnering for regional and
In addition to the HLED, there were also meetings of the
Mexico – United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (#MUSEIC) and the
Mexico – U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (#FOBESSI).