In 2010, we set out a decade long vision for our two countries to build a model for bilateral partnership that makes our border work; makes both countries more competitive in global markets; promotes the continent’s energy independence while respecting our shared environment; raises living standards for our citizens; and enhances inter-governmental cooperation; all within a framework that fully respects and supports national sovereignty and interests. Three years later, Mexico and the United States have made important progress toward these goals, putting structures and processes in place that provide a pathway to the fulfillment of Vision 2020:
- A World Class Border – U.S. and Mexican officials should pursue a common, consistent, and comprehensive approach to border management to address our shared security and competitiveness challenges. The U.S. Chamber is working with the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico to produce a report on the Mexico-U.S. border to underscore that the use of proven risk-management techniques, investments in infrastructure, and a renewed focus on trade and travel facilitation can advance both countries’ security and economic interests.
- Partnership for Competitiveness – Our bilateral economic framework calls for building on the foundation of NAFTA to advance 21st Century standards for our increasingly integrated markets. Through the work of its Global Regulatory Cooperation project and Coalition for the Rule of Law in Global Markets, the U.S. Chamber has positioned itself as a thought leader and prime mover in this area. Our objective is to share best practices that will grant citizens on both sides of the border the benefits of markets where openness, competition, and transparency prevail.
- Collaboration on Energy and the Environment – Mexico is second only to Canada as a source of U.S. petroleum imports, and we recognize that our economic competitiveness depends on our ability to secure sustainable and reliable sources of energy while acting as wise environmental stewards. Our objective is to leverage the advantages inherent in each country to boost our mutual competitiveness through optimal and sustainable use of resources.
- Raising Living Standards through Enhanced Competitiveness – Our objective is to recognize the challenges facing workers in the United States and Mexico and to find common approaches to workforce issues where possible. We are build on the competitive advantages inherent to workers in each market if we are to raise living standards for all our workers.
- A Partnership of Mutual Respect – With the termination of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the United States and Mexico lack a robust institutional framework for cooperation for one of the most complex bilateral relationships in the world. The U.S. Chamber will press for pragmatic ways for the private sector to support regular government-to-government cooperation. Our objective is to foster closer bilateral working ties at all levels of government, especially in those areas that most closely affect the flow of trade and investment.