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Guatemala; Mexico: Agreements Reached at Bi-National Commission Meeting

(Sept. 27, 2013) The Mexico-Guatemala Bi-National Commissionmet in late August 2013 in Mexico City to discuss topics of common interest for these two countries. (Press Release, Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, Concluyó la XI Reunión de la Comisión Binacional México–Guatemala (Aug. 26, 2013).)

Mexico’s Department of Foreign Relations indicated that, for the first time in the history of this forum (which has met 11 times), a series of concrete agreements were reached by the delegations of the two countries, including plans for the following:

  • improving bilateral coordination to strengthen social programs in the border states, in order to make the Mexico-Guatemala border a region of opportunity and prosperity;
  • completing the Bilateral Agreements on Transboundary Hydrocarbons and on Avoidance of Double Taxation in 2013; and
  • conducting research to identify joint projects concerning generation of clean energy. (Id.)

The Guatemalan government issued a statement listing additional achievements of the bi-national session concerning certain environmental matters, including:

  • an agreement to revise the Memorandum of Collaboration for Preventing, Detecting and Combating Forest Fires in the Border Zone;
  • the decision to create a directory of personnel responsible for the verification of trans-boundary migration of wildlife; and
  • discussion of the possibility of a project for the preservation of forests in the two countries. (Concluye la XI reunión de la Comisión Binacional Guatemala-Mexico, Government of Guatemala National Council on Protected Areas website (last visited Sept. 25, 2013).)

The Guatemalan government added that it is expected that these agreements on environmental matters will be implemented next year. (Id.)