The USMLI CEO Dialogue is a bilateral private sector forum that seeks to engage on key economic and trade issues that impact the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. The CEO Dialogue was created in 2013 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), Mexico’s leading private sector business council, to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the two countries. The group convenes U.S. and Mexican companies that are committing resources and investing in both markets to advocate for the bilateral trade and commercial relationship. The CEO Dialogue is proud to be collaborating with the government-to-government High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
The USMLI CEO Dialogue Priorities
Our working groups define private sector policy priorities on border trade optimization and transformation, and on issues critical to North American competitiveness. The CEO Dialogue sees the facilitation of trade across the U.S.-Mexico border as a core priority for the group as a key element for enhancing business competitiveness, economic stability and growth in both nations. The other core priority area for the group is encouraging both governments to develop a positive long-term vision for continental cooperation to foster North America competitiveness. In particular, the CEO Dialogue advocates for the pursuit of recommendations surrounding workforce development, energy, infrastructure, and labor mobility.
Trade facilitation is a critical element for our mutual competitiveness. Inputs cross the border multiple times in the production process; reducing border transaction costs would provide economic benefits to producers and workers on both sides of the border. The group prioritizes recommendations related to border-related infrastructure and staffing, customs processes, and risk management (trusted trader/traveler programs). Enhancing mutual competitiveness in third-country markets (through such agreements as the TPP, Pacific Alliance, T-TIP and other multilateral vehicles) is also a priority for the group.
The benefits of North American economic integration are clear if not widely understood by our citizens: The group seeks to change the bilateral narrative by highlighting the competitiveness gains from cross-border supply chains; the opportunities from the emergent “re-shoring” trend; and the growth of Mexican investment in the United States, as well as the importance of Mexico as a growth market for U.S. goods from all states– not just those along the border region.