Foreign Secretary Alicia Bárcena arrived in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, November 15 to participate in and accompany President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the three-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week.

Foreign Secretary Bárcena will participate in the 34th APEC Ministerial Meeting and accompany President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, with the aim of promoting Mexico's priorities in the Asia-Pacific region.

President López Obrador, accompanied by Secretary Bárcena and a team from the Economy Ministry, will explain Mexico's priorities at the forum, including: strengthening regional cooperation to eliminate corruption, boosting integration and trade, and the digital economy and gender equity in the global economy.

The Mexican delegation will also address the importance of strengthening economic integration in the region by boosting Mexico's potential as a new investment destination for nearshoring opportunities.

President López Obrador's agenda includes meetings with U.S. President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, among other heads of state.

The Mexican president will discuss with President Biden the results of the Palenque Summit, which are focused on achieving orderly, safe and regular migration.

The Foreign Secretary will attend meetings at the 34th APEC Ministerial Meeting chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ambassador Katherine Tai. She will also hold bilateral meetings with her counterparts from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

Secretary Bárcena will visit Salesforce, Inc., where she will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the economic empowerment and strengthen the skills of Mexican women.

This collaboration, which is aligned with the Mexican Government's feminist foreign policy, will promote training for women entrepreneurs in sales, marketing, e-commerce and the use of technological tools to manage their businesses.

APEC is the world's largest trans-regional economic forum. Its 21 members represent 38 percent of the world's population, close to 62 percent of world GDP, and 48 percent of global trade.

Mexico has been a member of APEC since November 1993. The forum has given our country access to technical cooperation for capacity building and enabled it to position itself as an investment bridge for the Asia-Pacific region.

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