The Foreign Secretary spoke at the 5th Mexico – U.S.
Leadership Initiative CEO Dialogue, saying that the best option for Mexico and
the United States is to build bridges of progress instead of walls.
Addressing members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the
Mexican Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu
said that "what we want and need from you is that we continue to
strengthen this partnership in order to keep creating opportunities that
highlight our integration, our bonds, and that we build bridges rather than
walls along the border."
For Mexico, she said, the border is an area of shared
prosperity, a place of enormous wealth, talent and creativity, and we believe
it should be an engine of competitiveness for the entire region.
During the meeting, she discussed the strength of the
bilateral relationship in areas such as trade, investment, border
infrastructure, energy, tourism and academic exchanges, and noted that a shared
narrative is needed between authorities, the private sector and civil society in
order to emphasize the positive aspects of the bilateral relationship.
"The amount of investment and trade that we have, the
number of jobs that depend on the bilateral relationship, the growth and income
that reflects the exchanges between our two nations is a message that must be
replicated by the private sector, in coordination with the government," she
Regarding gender equality, the Foreign Secretary said, “the
potential we have in women is immense. Therefore, this sector must become more
integrated into the productive force in North America, to make it a more
competitive and inclusive region."
Another important part of strengthening the region’s competitiveness
is the impetus being given to educational exchanges and to training human
capital, especially the important efforts of the Bilateral Forum on Higher
Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII).
Lastly, the Foreign Secretary announced that the Mexico –
United States High Level Economic Dialogue would be held in February 2016 to review
the progress made on projects for building a more efficient and competitive
border. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will attend the meeting.
The 5th Mexico – U.S. Leadership Initiative CEO Dialogue was
attended by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the United States Chamber
of Commerce; Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani, President of the Business Coordinating
Council; Miguel Basáñez, Ambassador of Mexico in the United States; John G.
Rice, Vice Chairman of General Electric; and Armando Garza, Chairman of Alfa
Group, among others.