Washington DC, 12 September 2022 (TDI): The United States (US) Undersecretary of State, Jose W. Fernandez will travel to Mexico City to join Secretary of State, Antoney Blinken in the U.S. – Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

The dialogue will promote shared objectives for economic development in North America. Further, the HLED discussions will review the year’s advancements and accomplishments and assist in defining a shared vision for enhancing regional competitiveness in North America.

In addition, Jose Fernandez will meet with corporate sector players and civil society representatives from the United States and Mexico to discuss ways to increase economic cooperation and strengthen regional supply chains.

US Secretary visit to Panama and Costa Rica

Furthermore,  Joss Fernandez will travel to Panama City on September 13 and Costa Rica on September 14 to discuss collaboration.

He would further strengthen strategic economic partnerships with Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) countries on supply chains, including new opportunities for investment in more resilient and secure technologies.

In Panama, Under Secretary Fernandez will meet with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Finance, and Commerce. He will also meet with the National Secretary of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

During these meetings, he would discuss the strength of the bilateral relationship and explore areas for further collaboration including supply chain blockages and logistics, energy and maritime cooperation, and investment opportunities.

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He will meet with the President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves Robles to discuss shared regional objectives for promoting trade and investment and supporting the development of 5G telecommunications infrastructure.

The protection of oceans through marine governance and transparency with cooperation on the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) will also be discussed.

During his travel, he will also meet with government and business leaders to promote U.S. investment and trade, supply-chain diversification, ocean conservation, the clean energy transition, and digital connectivity for the region.

He would also engage with potential partners across sectors to advance multilateral efforts to combat the effects of climate change, food insecurity and malnutrition, and pandemic threats.