President Biden and President Lopez Obrador Joint Statement
The United States and Mexico say that we will continue to work together in a wide range of ways and are committed to making a more prosperous and safe future for the people of North America.
As we face global and regional problems that have never been seen before and that require both of our countries to work together, we hold democracy, inclusive growth, transparency, the rule of law, and human rights as core values that are important for our shared security and prosperity.
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Biden and Lopez’s Joint Statement
Together, the United States, Mexico, and Canada are a major economic force. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is the foundation of North American competitiveness, and we reaffirm our commitment to its full implementation for the benefit of working families. This includes fully upholding its labor provisions and working actively with stakeholders in the private sector and civil society.
By working together to coordinate our economic policies, we can make our supply chains more stable and grow production in North America. We hope to work on this and other important issues at the 10th North American Leaders Summit (NALS), which will be held in Mexico at the end of the year.
Families in both of our countries are hurt by rising prices, so we need to take strong, immediate, and coordinated action. We have agreed to work together to fight inflation by making it easier for us to trade with each other and lowering the costs of trade. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement makes it easier for goods to move between the three countries without any barriers.
This encourages innovation, which boosts productivity and increases resilience. This helps both the US and Mexico fight inflation and take care of their families. As part of joint efforts to improve food security, Mexico plans to buy up to 20,000 tonnes of milk powder from the U.S. to help Mexican families in both rural and urban areas.
Our shared trade will be better if our borders are stronger, more efficient, and safer. We are more determined than ever to finish a joint U.S.-Mexico effort to improve infrastructure along the 2,000-mile border that will take several years.
The goal of the joint effort is to make sure that everyone’s goals are the same, bring border communities together, and make the flow of goods and people safer and more efficient. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden includes $3.4 billion for 26 major construction and modernization projects at land ports of entry on the northern and southern borders.
These projects to update land ports will create local jobs that pay well, improve safety and security, and make the economy more resistant to problems in the supply chain. They will also serve as models for sustainability and innovation. Between 2022 and 2024, Mexico has promised to spend $1.5 billion on border infrastructure.
In September, the next U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) will focus on strengthening mechanisms to create more secure and efficient corridors for trade and commerce, creating an environment that encourages investment, and creating more and better jobs for people in both countries.
We will put most of our development efforts into finding ways to deal with climate change and building up southern Mexico, which has a lot of potential for people and important business, conservation, and clean energy opportunities.
Faced with the shared problems of climate change, we’ve decided to work for a business environment that makes North America greener and cleaner while also recognizing how important it is to invest in and promote renewable energy sources.
We agree to deal with methane emissions from oil and gas and other industries, speed up the switch to zero-emission vehicles, and look for more nature-based solutions. This will help our two countries become world leaders in clean energy and actions to stop climate change. In support of the Global Methane Pledge and the Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway, Mexico and Pemex will work with the U.S. to create a plan to stop routine flaring and venting in both onshore and offshore oil and gas operations, as well as a list of investment priorities.
In response to the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, which was made at the Summit of the Americas by twenty-one countries in the hemisphere, we are taking immediate and coordinated steps to manage the flow of migrants coming into our countries. We are working together to deal with the economic and security issues that lead to migration.
The U.S. and Mexico reaffirmed their plans to start a binational working group to talk about ways to move workers and protect workers. As part of a plan to help migrant workers find legal ways to get where they need to go, we will work to improve worker protections. Mexico and the US will also set up a working group to improve our cross-border response to child migration, which greatly affects both countries and puts young people in unnecessary danger.
The tragic deaths of migrants at the hands of human smugglers in San Antonio make us even more determined to go after the multibillion-dollar criminal smuggling industry that takes advantage of migrants and to do more to solve the problems that make people want to leave their home countries.
Through the work of Joint Task Force Alpha and its Mexican partners, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office have worked together to catch and prosecute people who put the lives of vulnerable migrants in danger.
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