Monday, October 30, 2017
United States and Mexico Partner to Improve Central America
U.S. Embassy & Consulates
The two countries will work together with Central American governments to improve trade, increase transparency, grow prosperity
United States Agency for International
Development Administrator Mark Green met with officials from the government of Mexico to deepen their commitment to advance
prosperity in Central America. Over the next six months, the two governments will conduct several projects with the governments
of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala — known collectively as the Northern Triangle — to facilitate trade; increase
effective governance; and grow prosperity, thereby helping to address the root drivers of insecurity and migration.
The agreement comes as a result
of discussions between the United States and Mexico at the Conference on Security and Prosperity in Central America, co-hosted
by the two governments in Miami in June 2017.
Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Agencia Mexicana
de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AMEXCID), assistance from the United States and Mexico will
be directed to local priorities determined in conjunction with the respective governments of the Northern Triangle. For example,
with the support of Mexican doctors and experts in forensic medicine, USAID and the federal Government of Mexico will work
together with the Government of Honduras to build capacity in forensics knowledge and practices, thus encouraging more effective
and transparent law enforcement practices and facilitating judicial proceedings.
In El Salvador, the two countries will work with the government to improve
trade-related transparency, standardize documentation requirements and trade-related fees, streamline border procedures, and
improve customs practices.
In Guatemala, USAID and the Government of Mexico will work with the Government of Guatemala to train and help to
find employment for young people who are likely to migrate north in search of economic opportunity; the governments will also
work together to help the Government of Guatemala to improve its tax collection and transparency in order to reduce opportunities
the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America, a whole-of-government effort that provides an overarching framework for
U.S. Government engagement with Central America, USAID is addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of irregular
migration to the United States. By combating crime and violence, addressing corruption and impunity, disrupting the activities
of transnational criminal organizations, and providing greater economic opportunity, USAID helps to foster an environment
where families can envision their futures.
U.S. Mission to Mexico, 26 Oct. 2017, Mexico City