News & Events
nieto-obama-economics-securityWASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said a trip to Mexico this week will center on economic issues such as trade and energy but security issues will not be far behind.

"A lot of the focus is going to be on economics," Obama said during a news conference. "We've spent so much time on security issues between the United States and Mexico that sometimes I think we forget this is a massive trading partner, responsible for huge amounts of commerce and huge numbers of jobs on both sides of the border."

Obama is due to visit Mexico on Thursday, holding meetings and having dinner with President Enrique Pena Nieto. He will also travel to Costa Rica and meet with Central American presidents.

 
Mexico grew at a robust 3.9 percent annualized growth rate in 2012 and is on track for growth of around 3.5 percent in 2013, according to the World Bank. It is the United States' third-largest trading partner and its second-largest source of oil.

But violence from organized crime remains an irritant in the bilateral relationship. While the Mexican government has said that killings linked to organized crime fell 14 percent in the four months of Pena Nieto's presidency, more than 70,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico since 2007, and gruesome killings continue to grab headlines.

Obama said security would likely also be a topic of conversation among leaders in both Mexico and Costa Rica. He said he would withhold judgment about Mexico's announcement that it will streamline its security contacts with U.S. agencies until after he has a chance to discuss it with his counterpart.

"Some of the issues that he's talking about really had to do with refinements and improvements in terms of how Mexican authorities work with each other, how they coordinate more effectively, and it has less to do with how they're dealing with us," Obama said.

Obama praised Pena Nieto's early initiatives.

"Overall what I can say is that my impression is, is that the new president is serious about reform," Obama said. "He's already made some tough decisions. I think he's going to make more that will improve the economy and security of Mexican citizens."

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Source: www.cnbc.com

Baja manufacturing tours california co production mexicoWOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MEXICO'S WORLD CLASS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS IN ACTION?

Co-Production International offers insider industry tours to get you up close to Tijuana’s world-class manufacturing industries.

REGISTER TODAY

Tours of Manufacturing Facilities on the US/Mexico Border to Draw US Manufacturers Seeking to Free U...
11 Apr 2018 21:55 Mexico Manufacturing Tour - Tijuana Foxconn Factory Tour

Co-Production International (CPI) has announced its upcoming no-cost Baja Manufacturing Tour for April 27, 2018. This quarter’s tour will take attendees inside Foxconn Baja California, Hunter Industries and Scantibodies Laboratory. CPI offers several tours a year, giving manufacturers interested i [ ... ]

Read more
San Diego Mayor Faulconer to Trump: There's more to our border than a wall
16 Mar 2018 19:33 There's more to our border than a wall

When President Donald Trump lands in San Diego for his first trip to California since taking office, he will find a city with a tremendous story to tell on international trade, border infrastructure and public safety.

Read more

S5 Box