Washington, DC, January 23, 2018.
The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez participated in a conversation on NAFTA and the relationship between Mexico and the United States last night with executives from Kansas City Southern (KCS), during which he reiterated that the trade agreement has brought the positive benefits that were foreseen when it was implemented 25 years ago.
“In general terms, it has been a good agreement. That is why it is necessary to continue working to update and improve it, but certainly not discard it,” he said, while recognizing that differences remain with U.S. counterparts with whom Mexico is working to reach a consensus.
During the meeting, Ambassador Gutiérrez pointed out that the relationship between Mexico and the United States, while still in a defining moment, has improved considerably over the past few months. He insisted that great cooperation exists on different issues and at all levels, also noting that the two countries work to maintain a constructive and functional relationship that benefits both parties.
For his part, the President and Executive Director of KCS, Patrick J. Ottensmeyer, highlighted the importance of working to provide certainty to businesses investing in Mexico. Ambassador Gutiérrez affirmed that providing security to investors is a priority for our country.
Finally, the Ambassador underscored and thanked the efforts that businesses like KCS have undertaken to emphasize Mexico’s importance in the United States.
KCS is a railway transport company founded in 1887 with investments in the United States, Mexico and Panama. Its strategic alliances tie together the most important commercial and industrial centers in North America. KCS has a Mexico division, Kansas City Southern México (KCSM), which the Mexican government has given the right to operate and maintain a train system in our country.
These types of meetings are part of the agenda which the Ambassador and other officials from the foreign ministry regularly conduct to identify areas of agreement and collaboration with key actors in this country