Mexico and US agree to work on supply chain, immigration

Mexican City / Washington — The United States and Mexico agreed on Thursday to work on making the shared supply chain, especially for semiconductors, more competitive and investing in social programs to tackle migration, Washington. After high-level economic negotiations in Mexico, top Mexican officials said.

The so-called High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) was held for the first time in years, and both sides also suggested that greater cooperation was needed to combat climate change and the challenges of workers’ rights.

The Mexican government said in a statement that the two countries would establish a bilateral working group on supply chains.

The Working Group aims to increase the resilience of cross-border trade and manufacturing in the face of turmoil and to attract production lines from other parts of the world.

At a press conference in Washington, Mexico discussed the need to “discuss with industry and companies and explain semiconductor components in detail” to determine which parts will be manufactured in Mexico or the United States.

The United States has agreed to work with Mexico to provide technical assistance, including the Sembrando Vida, a tree-planting program that provides jobs and supports agriculture, and the Jovenes Construyendoel Futuro, an employment plan for ages 18-29. .. Mexico said in a statement that Central America and southern Mexico aim to provide alternatives to migration.

“This dialogue will drive improved job creation, global competitiveness, poverty and inequality reduction, which will benefit both US and Mexican citizens,” said Ned Price, a US State Department spokesman. Says.

Talks in Washington are trying to address a number of issues, including car regulations requiring the procurement of a certain amount of parts in North America and the resumption of a “stay in Mexico” program to send asylum seekers by court order. It was done when I was there. Outside the United States while their case is being processed.

“They have revealed that they may raise issues of concern and will raise issues of concern,” a senior US official said in a briefing with reporters Wednesday.

The two countries share a 2,000-mile (3,200 km) border and a commercial relationship that generates more than $ 5 trillion in bilateral trade annually, supporting millions of jobs in both countries.

Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Evrad did not discuss at a press conference the US’s “stay in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Immigration Protocol (MPP) program. In August, the US Supreme Court rejected President Joe Biden’s bid to withdraw policy.

“The MPP issue was not discussed in the dialogue,” Evrad said. “One of the pillars (of negotiations) includes the border, and on top of that, several infrastructure projects have been raised at the border.”

Mexico and the United States have agreed Four pillars of focus Approved the agenda for high-level talks and on Thursday.

The first pillar is to “build together”, including a more resilient supply chain and modernization of the US-Mexico border. The second is sustainable economic and social development in southern Mexico and Central America.

The last two pillars deal specifically with cybersecurity and workforce development.

The Mexican delegation was led by Ebrard and Clautier, and in the case of the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris led the talks. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and others also attended.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report