President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico has generated important expectations in economic matters. On the one hand, the United States needs to maintain a trade relationship with our country that continues to provide it with the strength of an integrated region; on the other, our goal of accelerating economic growth to promote the generation of new jobs is at the center of the binational agenda.
For the fourth time, Obama sets foot on Mexican soil and makes him aware that he is coming to a country that is sending a message of national and international leadership under the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
The meeting has been expected in both nations, especially in the framework of the negotiation of a US immigration reform that opens the possibility of giving a dignified treatment to six million Mexicans who contribute their strength to that economy, with a workforce that helps explain its top position in the world market.
The binational relationship is marked by a dynamic border through which hundreds of millions of people pass each year and billions of dollars in products that are imported and exported, generating wealth on both sides of the border, and which must continue to be the origin of development in broad sectors of both populations.
For Mexico, the visit of the US president represents finding new ways to improve our trade relationship and strengthen the North American Free Trade Agreement, within the framework of new regional integration centers that are competing to attract investment in Asia and the region. south of the world
The center of the talks at the highest level of both governments will be social and economic policy, without neglecting the issue of security. The leaders and their respective cabinets know that the most important thing is the human development that can be achieved in the two countries.
The United States needs to get closer to countries considered as economic powers in the future and Mexico will be if it follows the path that has been traced, as indicated by international studies that position it as the seventh world economy in the next two decades. We are a strategic country for our neighbors and this is confirmed by this state meeting. The visit also strengthens the Mexican aspiration that the prominent economist Herminio Blanco Mendoza occupy the General Directorate of the World Trade Organization.
The most sensitive issue for President Barack Obama during his visit to Mexico will be immigration reform, according to a report by The New York Times.
For the first time in decades, Washington appears to be moving toward a series of reforms that will affect the future of millions of Mexicans who have immigrated legally or illegally to the United States for many years. However, because there is a group of Republican and Democratic legislators who are working together to carry this reform forward this month, White House officials hope that the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, will carefully touch on this issue in public mentions.
“We have had a good level of dialogue and we have kept the Mexican government informed about this matter, but we have emphasized that this is a domestic matter,” said Ricardo Zuñiga, adviser to the US National Security Council.
President Barack Obama arrives in Mexico on a 22-hour visit in an environment in which some friction between Mexican and US agents in terms of security strategy and the new restrictions on the part of Mexico towards its operations in Mexican territory.
Assistance from the US to Mexico in this matter has been reduced, while it has increased in Central America and the Caribbean, where organized crime and drug cartels have moved, mainly in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
The decrease in this assistance has materialized in support with fewer helicopters and specialized (and expensive) equipment, although the US has also provided more training to Mexican police and law enforcement.
Meanwhile, the teams of both presidents have indicated that the theme of the US president’s visit to Mexico will be economic cooperation, trying to reduce the focus of attention to security.