Secretary of State John Kerry visited Mexico City on May 21 and 22, his first visit to Mexico as Secretary of State.
Wheels down in Mexico City - look fwd to talking US-Mexico partnership w/ my friend @JoseAMeadeK.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 21, 2014
Welcome to #MexicoGlobal, @JohnKerry. Looking forward to receiving you in the ministry towards strengthening Mexico-USA ties. #KerryEnMexico — José Antonio Meade (@JoseAMeadeK) May 21, 2014
During his visit, Secretary Kerry met with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, and Education Secretary Emilio Chuayffet.
Secretary Kerry lauded the President for Mexico’s commitment to strengthening North America as an integrated regional block and increasing economic activity along our 2,000-mile border. They also discussed our robust security cooperation, which is based on a commitment to shared responsibility among both countries, and our collaboration on many vital global issues.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Mexican Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade participate in joint bilateral forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research, in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 21, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
Secretary Kerry joined Secretary Chuayffet and Secretary Meade in launching the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research. Announced in May 2013 by President Obama and President Peña-Nieto, the Forum seeks to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation to help the United States and Mexico develop a 21st century workforce for our mutual economic prosperity.
Emphasizing the United States’ and Mexico’s commitment to sustainable growth on both sides of the border, the Secretary spoke at the USAID-sponsored CleanTech Challenge Mexico 2014 inaugural event at the Museo Rufino Tamayo. CleanTech Mexico is the top green business plan competition in Latin America, and received over 997 business plan submissions this year. Secretary Kerry stressed the U.S.’s support for socially responsible innovation and entrepreneurship in Mexico to boost the competitiveness of our increasingly integrated North American economy. The Secretary met with business and academic leaders to engage on key economic and trade issues that affect the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship. They discussed the next steps in bilateral efforts to build a more competitive and connected North America, including initiatives that are part of the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), launched by Vice-President Biden in his visit last year. One of those initiatives, the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC, or “The Council”) aims to enhance regional competitiveness by strengthening the North American high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Throughout his meetings and engagements in Mexico City, Secretary Kerry emphasized the United States' continued commitment to increasing our interconnected trade, business, security, and educational relations. Secretary Kerry said, “It is our citizens who define the relationship between our countries. By increasing our education, economic and security cooperation, we can strengthen our respective countries and our overall relationship. We can also provide more opportunities and benefits for our people as we take advantage of our mutual growth.
About the Author: Michelle Bennett serves as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.