Mexico and Ecuador accelerate trade agreement

Antonio Baranda / Reform Agency

Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 19:43

Mexico City.- The Presidents of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, agreed to promote a new trade agreement between the two countries.

During a private meeting at the National Palace, they agreed on the importance of accelerating the negotiation process for the signing of said agreement.

They agreed to instruct their respective teams to have a joint proposal for the “Mexico-Ecuador Productive Integration Agreement” within a week.

In a joint communiqué, the governments of both countries indicated that said agreement will contain issues related to the commercialization of bananas and shrimp.

“We are defining a trade agreement for the benefit of our peoples; there is also mutual sympathy,” López Obrador wrote on his Twitter account.

“The meeting was productive and the meeting with the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso and his wife María de Lourdes Alcívar Crespo was pleasant.”

During the meeting between the Presidents, which lasted more than four hours, Mexico reiterated its support for Ecuador to join the Pacific Alliance.

“And it endorses its commitment to start the accession process as soon as the bilateral negotiation is closed,” the statement read.

“Both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the excellent state of bilateral relations between Mexico and Ecuador,” he added.

Another agreement was to celebrate in the CDMX, during the first semester of 2023, the VII Meeting of the Consultation Mechanism on Matters of Mutual Interest Mexico-Ecuador.

Anti-narcotics committee reactivated

Mexico and Ecuador will share information and exchange experiences in the fight against organized crime and in the policies implemented for the search for peace.

For this reason, they agreed to promote the reactivation of the Mexico-Ecuador Committee for Cooperation against Drug Trafficking and Drug Dependence.

“Likewise, they promised to sign a Cooperation Agreement for the Fight against Human Trafficking Structures,” the statement said.

“They approached the immigration issue from a comprehensive perspective and under the principle of co-responsibility.”

As part of the binational cooperation, Mexico committed to exchanging experiences of the Sembrando Vida and Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro programs.

On his third visit to our country, Lasso extended an invitation to the Chief Executive to make an official visit to Ecuador.

“(Lasso) thanked President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the welcome and attention received with his entourage during his visit to Mexico.”

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