U.S., Mexico Relaunch High-Level Economic Dialogue

Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations Will Have Positive Economic Results for Texas Ports of Entry

AUSTIN, Texas — President Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador agreed yesterday to relaunch the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). Representatives from both countries, including Vice President Kamala Harris, met in Washington Thursday for the first time since former President Trump accused Mexico of sending criminals and rapists over the border.

First established in 2013, the HLED advances strategic, economic, and commercial priorities for both the United States and Mexico.  With the shared goal of fostering economic development and growth through job creation and global competitiveness, this program will significantly reduce poverty and inequality. 

The relaunch of the HLED shows that the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to finding real solutions to the economic issues plaguing rural regions on both sides of the border as well as rebuilding U.S.-Mexico relations after it had deteriorated during the last four years of the Trump Administration.

The Biden-Harris Administration recognizes the importance of the dynamic, deep, and integrated commercial relationship with Mexico, currently our largest trading partner in goods, including as a top market for U.S. agricultural exports. As our countries face new challenges, the HLED will allow us to rebuild and grow as dynamic partners.

Mexico is the U.S.’ largest trading partner and the reestablishment of the HLED will also prove valuable to the international trade industry, especially in Texas, where Mexico is also the state’s largest trading partner, and where six of the top 31 largest overall American ports are located: Laredo (3), Houston (6), Ysleta/El Paso (20), Corpus Christi (27), Pharr (30), and Eagle Pass (31). 


Texas Democratic Party Chair, Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“The Biden-Harris Administration recognizes our country’s strong and interwoven relationship with Mexico on issues of economic growth, job creation, human rights, and overall quality of life. We are very proud that this Administration is once again paving a path toward a more prosperous economy in some of the most needed parts of our state.  This will ensure that Texas, and especially South Texas, will continue to prosper as a result of excellent leadership, strategic planning, and a commitment to fostering positive international relations.”