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PROGRESS REPORT ON THE U.S.-MEXICO
HIGH LEVEL ECONOMIC DIALOGUE
THE HIGH-LEVEL ECONOMIC DIALOGUE
In Mexico City in May 2013, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the formation of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) to promote economic growth in the United States and Mexico, create jobs for citizens on both sides of the border, and ensure our nations can compete globally, making North America more competitive.
In September 2013, Vice President Joseph Biden, led a U.S. delegation which included Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, that visited Mexico and together with Mexican counterparts, Secretary of Foreign Relations José Antonio Meade, Secretary of Finance Luis Videgaray, Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, and Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu, formally launched the HLED.
The HLED, led at the cabinet level, is envisioned as a flexible platform intended to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting mutual economic growth, job creation, and regional and global competitiveness. It also seeks to enhance existing working group activities, while avoiding duplicative efforts. U.S. and Mexican Cabinet officials will meet annually, while sub-cabinet members work to achieve those goals throughout the year. Private sector leaders and other interested members of civil society will join their government colleagues to discuss how best to improve trade with an eye on making North America’s shared economy stronger and more efficient for workers and businesses.
The U.S. side is co-chaired by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and includes participation from other agencies, such as the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Labor, Transportation, and Treasury, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The Mexican side is co-chaired by the Secretariats of Foreign Relations, Finance, and Economy, and includes participation from the Secretariats of Agriculture, Communications and Transportation, Energy, Labor and Tourism, along with the Tax Administration Service, ProMexico, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship, the National Service of Agro Alimentary Health, Safety and Quality and the National Immigration Institute.
To achieve the goals of expanding opportunities for consumers, employees, entrepreneurs and business-owners on both sides of the border, Mexico and the United States developed an initial work stream in which both governments dedicated themselves to work together under three broad pillars:
- Promoting Competitiveness and Connectivity;
- Fostering Economic Growth, Productivity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation; and
- Partnering for Regional and Global Leadership.
Within these pillars, our governments endeavor to:
- Improve logistic corridors;
- Jointly promote investment;
- Deepen regulatory cooperation;
- Bolster the potential of the border region as a catalyst for economic development;
- Strengthen our shared border and make it more efficient;
- Enhance cooperation to create education and skills development programs for a better prepared workforce;
- Foster entrepreneurship and innovation;
- Promote the economic empowerment of women;
- Take other measures to better integrate our economies and make our region more competitive;
- Partner to promote development and electricity market integration in Central America;
- Advance trade liberalization at the regional and global levels; and
- Support transparency and anti-corruption through the Open Government Partnership.
To ensure stakeholder voices are a key part of the HLED, the Department of Commerce published a Federal Register notice seeking public comment, to which 39 stakeholders responded with input on issues ranging from regulatory cooperation to efficient border management. Similarly, the Mexican Secretariat of Economy solicited public comments through a notice published in its Diario Oficial, receiving 43 submissions on many of the same topics. We have closely considered this feedback and several items have been included in the HLED work stream. The United States has also created an HLED website (http://trade.gov/hled/) and e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive ongoing HLED input. From the Mexican side, the information can be consulted in the following website (http://www.economia.gob.mx/comunidad-negocios/comercio-exterior/tlc-acuerdos/tlcan) and e-mail address (email@example.com) to receive ongoing HLED input.
Since September 2013, we have advanced in key areas of the HLED work stream. Progress to date includes:
- We held a peer exchange on traffic and freight modeling with the goal of coordinating our binational strategic freight plans.
- Transportation officials from both governments will meet to move forward on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) collaboration.
- Five of the six border master plans, which are designed to better coordinate infrastructure and development in border communities have been completed, with the sixth on track to be completed by the middle of 2015.
- Negotiations are underway for the modernization of our bilateral air transport agreement.
- The Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) was formally launched on May 21, 2014, and our governments have held the six working group meetings.
- Mexico and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Intent agreeing to cooperate on joint investment promotion, on April 25, 2014.
- Within the framework of the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), we launched two border cluster mapping pilots to identify local industry assets to develop regional economic development strategies.
- MUSEIC’s seven subcommittees have developed work plans to foster cross border entrepreneurship by strengthening the legal framework, improving access to capital, expanding small business development infrastructure, facilitating technology commercialization, promoting women’s entrepreneurship, and engaging the U.S. based Latin American diaspora.
- The first innovation and entrepreneurship exchange took place this spring, where business and government leaders from Mexico and other Latin American countries toured technology centers, innovation hubs, and investment zones in the Southeast United States.
- Mexico and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to connect small business development centers in the U.S. with the Mexican Support Network for Entrepreneurs so that they can develop their businesses and take advantage of global opportunities.
- In May, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, in partnership with the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation, hosted a conference highlighting opportunities contained in Mexico’s National Infrastructure Program.
The HLED has already begun to produce measureable progress, and we will continue to push forward on key priorities as we prepare for the next Cabinet-level meeting in the fall.
For the HLED specifics, click here.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Although the U.S. Federal Register and Mexico’s Diario Oficial public comment periods have closed, we invite interested parties to submit questions and feedback via the U.S. and Mexico HLED websites and e-mail addresses. The HLED features continuous government-to-government engagement throughout the year.
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