Both Mexico and Washington State Benefit from Increased Trade
There is no doubt that the past few years have presented global challenges in what many consider to be one of the greatest crises of our lives. COVID-19 has disrupted international order and put pressure on governments, supply chains and the movement of people. The international order, however, has proven to be both resilient and adaptive. Governments and businesses have implemented policies designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, and vaccination efforts have successfully immunized large numbers of people.
What is undeniable is that we are still feeling the effects of COVID, and it is likely that there will be repercussions from the pandemic for years to come. As this year draws to a close, it is important to take stock and reflect on how to ensure that the future remains open to trade, travel and cooperation, while becoming more resilient to climate change, possible future pandemics and international dynamics.
We believe the answer lies in building a stronger and more integrated North America. The United States and Mexico have developed a strong partnership over the past decades based on mutually beneficial collaboration in areas such as environmental protection, regional security, trade, travel, and international cooperation. Mexico has many of the competitive advantages of major investment centers in the Asia-Pacific region, but Mexico also has other key advantages. Mexico has a strong track record in enforcing private intellectual property, with provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that strengthen these intellectual property protections. The USMCA remains the only international trade agreement that contains specific provisions for digital intellectual property.
Mexico is also in regional proximity to the United States, a sister republic whose interests align with the United States and an invaluable partner for international cooperation. Mexico has proven to be a stable and collaborative partner on the international scene. In 2021, Mexican first aiders and rescuers participated in relief efforts in the United States and Canada as part of natural disaster response operations. In response to the situation in Afghanistan, Mexico has taken in many Afghan refugees and helped transport them to Mexico. Today, Mexico also calls on the United States to join Mexico in addressing the root cause of irregular immigration from Central America – primarily a lack of prosperity and opportunity.
Mexican migration to the United States has been negative for nearly a decade, but Mexico’s geographic position connecting North America to Central and South America makes it a key staging area for migrants seeking refuge in the United States. United States. Only by working together to create the conditions for these people to thrive in their home countries, will we effectively eliminate irregular immigration at the rates we have seen in previous years. Mexico is investing in the regions of Central America and the Caribbean by financing and launching projects aimed at better preparing the region for the challenges of climate change, developing agricultural and energy infrastructure and improving environmental sustainability.
On more regional issues, Mexico is currently the United States’ largest trading partner, but only Washington State’s 11th international trading partner. The expansion of commerce, trade and investment between Washington State and Mexico will be of enormous benefit to both partners. Mexico has a young and well-educated population that has adapted well to the challenges of a modern economy and has the necessary Pacific Ocean-based infrastructure to deepen ties between our regions.
September is Mexico’s National Holiday Month, and the Mexican Consulate office in Seattle will celebrate Dolores’ cry on September 15. We invite all Washingtonians to celebrate with us and to see Mexico not only as a neighbor but as a partner in building a better future of prosperity and justice.