Readout of Ambassador Jayme White’s Meeting with Mexico’s Under Secretary of Economy Alejandro Encinas

January 25, 2023

SAN DIEGO - Deputy United States Trade Representative Jayme White today met with Mexico’s Under Secretary of Economy for Foreign Trade Alejandro Encinas ahead of the second USMCA Deputies Meeting at the Institute of the Americas located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.  Ambassador White and Under Secretary Encinas began the meeting by underscoring the importance of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship and reiterating their commitment to the continued implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
During the meeting, Ambassador White emphasized the importance of Mexico fully implementing its USMCA obligations and the urgency of making meaningful progress in the ongoing consultations under the USMCA regarding Mexico’s energy measures and Mexico’s enforcement of its fisheries-related environmental laws.  Ambassador White also urged Mexico to return to a science- and risk-based regulatory approval process for all agricultural biotechnology products in Mexico.  Further, Ambassador White noted ongoing concerns with restrictions facing U.S. electronic payment service providers in the Mexican market and discussed the potential impact of new Mexican regulatory requirements on North American medical devices supply chains. 
Ambassador White and Under Secretary Encinas discussed their shared commitment to fight exploitative labor practices and highlighted progress on Mexico’s efforts to fully implement the USMCA’s prohibition on the importation of goods produced with forced labor.
Ambassador White and Under Secretary Encinas agreed to stay in regular communication on these and other issues.