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Country Development Cooperation Strategy

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The U.S. - Mexico partnership is central to U.S. security and prosperity, and in alignment with the 2021 Interim National Security Strategy Guidance and State-USAID Joint Strategic Plan. It is a partnership driven by strategic interests where development assistance can support the countries’ mutual interests and shared priorities. Mexico shares strong economic and diplomatic ties with the United States and demonstrates high levels of commitment and capacity. However, despite Mexico’s advanced development status, critical security and economic challenges persist including challenges with crime and violence, impunity, corruption, and an uncertain business environment. In collaboration with other USG agencies, USAID supports the Government of Mexico (GOM) in addressing these chronic structural challenges with the Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) goal of “U.S.-Mexico Strategic Partnership Advanced through Mutual Security and Prosperity.”

Over the next three years, USAID will continue deepening the strategic partnership with Mexico by coordinating with the federal government in working with those state and local governments which exhibit the capacity and commitment to address impunity and violence, while strengthening the bilateral economic alliance. USAID partners with counterparts to reduce impunity, crime, and violence by constraining the operational space for organized crime in focus areas. This is done through facilitating the scaling of evidence-informed approaches by the GOM, while collaborating with Mexican counterparts to advance our shared agenda. Further, USAID is, and will continue to, increase both U.S. and Mexican investment in business transparency, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and enhancement of sustainable market systems, thereby strengthening the competitive business environment. Finally, USAID is deepening international development collaboration with its counterpart the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID). This approach is critical to cooperate on shared security challenges, address the root causes of irregular migration, and promote closer U.S.-Mexico economic cooperation.

Mexico is among the Agency’s most developed partner countries, the world’s 15th largest economy, and a functioning liberal democracy with high levels of government and citizen capacity. On USAID’s FY 2022 Country Roadmap, Mexico exhibits high levels of commitment to trade freedom and the business environment, and scores about average on environmental policy. It ranks high in its capacity related to child health, civil society and media effectiveness, and export sophistication.

USAID selected the CDCS Goal of “U.S.-Mexico Strategic Partnership Advanced to Promote Mutual Security and Prosperity” to accentuate that this is a relationship of peers, not of a donor and a recipient, focused on challenges of strategic interest and mutual benefit to both countries, where burden-sharing is evident and foreign assistance can add value.

Last updated: September 16, 2022

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