Wednesday, September 29, 1999
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and Mexico Sign Agreement on
Bilateral E-Commerce Initiative
MEXICO CITY, MEXICOU.S.
Under Secretary David L. Aaron and Mexican Under Secretary de la
Calle today signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral efforts
to promote electronic commerce. This e-commerce initiative between
the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Mexican Secretariat of Commerce
and Industrial Development will use video conferencing and information
technology as well as virtual trade shows to strengthen the bilateral
dialogue on e-commerce.
"We hope and
expect that the government of Mexico and its private sector will
be a strong partner in dealing with the many complex issues that
must be resolved for electronic commerce to fulfill its millennial
promise. I believe this agreement signed today will help both countries
further their already strong trading partnership," Aaron said.
de la Calle echoed Aaron's enthusiasm for the initiative saying
that "the agreement will be an important tool in further developing
bilateral cooperation on electronic commerce." Under Secretary de
la Calle stressed the importance of developing e-commerce to the
Mexican economy. "Closer cooperation with the U.S. on this issues
is an important step forward," he concluded.
At a conference
hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Aaron emphasized the need
for the private sector to lead in developing e-commerce. He urged
the Mexican Government to join the U.S. on the sidelines where he
said governments belong. The conference in Mexico City was part
of a hemispheric effort organized by the National Chamber Foundation
to meet with Latin American leaders to discuss policy issues related