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Commentary: Mexico and the Caribbean: Strengthening ties
Published on February 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By José Antonio Meade Kuribreña

In Mexico, we begin 2014 with the pride of having achieved in the past year the approval of the largest political, economic and social reform’s package in our country’s recent history.

In 2013, under the leadership of President Enrique Peña Nieto and the consensus and vision of the political forces represented in the federal Congress, Mexico undertook structural changes in education, political, financial, tax, telecommunications and energy sectors. The purpose of this deep policy setting is to promote the economic and social development of our country, and thereby to democratize the employment and inclusion opportunities of a society increasingly better informed and participatory in public affairs.

José Antonio Meade Kuribreña is the Minister of External Relations of Mexico
Let us remember that there are more than 29 million people in Mexico who are between 15 and 29 years of age. For the future of new generations, Mexico’s expectation is to become a prosperous country at peace, inclusive, with quality education and an actor with global responsibility.

With the drive and projection that Mexico is having today, due to the great changes that we are experiencing, and based on our foreign policy principles, during 2013 Mexico deployed a vigorous diplomacy. Since then, Mexico has aimed, on one side, to recognize our country as a relevant figure in the world and, on the other, to contribute to our domestic development.

As a country, we have positioned ourselves in multiple spaces of belonging: North America comprising our main economic partners; Asia-Pacific, the new engine of global growth; and currently experiencing the re-launching of our bilateral relations of strategic partners in Europe.

This standing allowed President Peña Nieto to hold bilateral meetings with leaders of countries that represent over half of the population and 90% of world GDP; to become guest of honor in the G8 and to prominently participate in the G20 and the Forum of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits.

This global diplomacy effort has had a particular emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean, linked by our history, neighborhood and traditions. At the regional level, we promote the consolidation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC); at the sub-regional level, we are moving forwards in our trade integration in the Pacific Alliance and the strengthening of our relations with Central America and the Caribbean.

At this point, Mexico wants to give renewed impulse to its relations with the countries of the Caribbean: meeting point between different cultures and traditions and, our third border. It is also a geostrategic region with enormous economic potential where Mexico wants to express its solidarity as an actor with global responsibility, through cooperation.

Therefore, our country assumed the Presidency Pro Tempore of the Association of Caribbean States in 2013 and, from that position, has promoted actions in priority areas to this region, as it is the cooperation in the field of risk management against natural disasters, improving transport and interconnection, and working to promote tourism activities to continue to be an engine of development of our societies.

The challenges we face in the Caribbean are important, but promoting dialogue, enhancing our complementarities and facing together common challenges will help us generate prosperity.

In this regard, it will be a privilege for Mexico to receive the leaders of the Caribbean nations on April 29 and 30, 2014 in the city of Merida, Yucatan, a linking state between our nations, to celebrate the third Mexico-Caribbean Community Summit and the sixth Summit of the Association of Caribbean States.
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