The Foreign Ministers of Bolivia and Mexico, Rogelio Mayta and Marcelo Ebrard, signed a joint declaration during the three day-visit of Minister Ebrard in Bolivia. The following is a quick translation of the joint declaration signed today. A press conference held by the two ministers can also be seen here.
JOINT STATEMENT BOLIVIA AND MEXICO
On August 4, 5 and 6, 2022, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rogelio Mayta Mayta, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, paid an Official Visit to La Paz, Bolivia, in the framework of the Anniversary of the Independence of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
On this occasion, the Foreign Ministers of both countries:
- Welcomed the commemoration in 2021 of the “190 years of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations”, between two brotherly countries such as Bolivia and Mexico, which have managed to articulate mechanisms for political, diplomatic, cultural, cooperation and trade dialogue, within the framework of mutual respect that has always characterized them, strengthening growth in different regional, global and multilateral spaces, as is the case of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Ibero-American Conference.
- Welcomed the progress made in the fulfillment of the “Roadmap for the reactivation of bilateral mechanisms between Mexico and Bolivia in 2021”, signed in Mexico City, on March 23, 2021, on the occasion of the Official Visit of the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, to Mexico, which reactivated the bilateral mechanisms and the holding of meetings that had been pending for several years, in areas: The meeting reactivated bilateral mechanisms and meetings that had been pending for several years, in areas such as consular and migratory, economic and commercial, technical and scientific cooperation, and cooperation against drug trafficking and drug addiction.
- They highlighted the holding of the VII Permanent Binational Commission Bolivia – Mexico (COBIPER), held on March 15, 2022, which endorsed the excellent moment in which bilateral relations are at present and the process of strengthening the high-level political dialogue between both fraternal peoples.
- Celebrated the work carried out by both countries in the implementation of the mechanisms for the verification of information for migratory purposes, which allowed the suppression of the visa requirement for ordinary passport holders who wish to carry out tourism or visits, for a temporary stay of up to 180 days, for the benefit of Bolivian and Mexican nationals, a sign of the progress towards a social, political, cultural and economic integration of the peoples of Bolivia and Mexico.
- Welcomed the holding on February 18, 2022 of the II Meeting of the Mexico-Bolivia Working Group on Migratory and Consular Affairs, through videoconference, which has become a space for dialogue that allows both States to strengthen communication between counterpart authorities, as well as the exchange of experiences and best practices in consular and migratory matters based on the principle of shared responsibility, for the benefit of their communities abroad, with a human rights approach.
- Celebrated the VIII Meeting of the Joint Commission for Technical and Scientific Cooperation, which took place on July 21, 2021, as a mechanism to continue strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation between both countries. Within this framework, the bilateral Cooperation Program for the period 2021-2023 was renewed, comprising 8 projects in the following sectors: energy, environment, agricultural development, health, justice and social protection.
- They highlighted the importance of technical cooperation in research and technological innovation for the development of the agricultural sector, which is the focus of two projects in the current program, aimed at improving the technical capabilities of Bolivian vegetable producers and increasing the production and use of foods such as nopal; another project aimed at improving the efficient use of waste for good environmental performance, and two initiatives on techniques for the management of alternative energies, among others.
- They agreed to define as soon as possible the next celebration of the III Meeting of the Joint Commission for Cooperation in the Educational, Cultural and Sports Areas, to be held during the third quarter of this year. This mechanism will promote the exchange of experiences and best practices between both countries, as well as the strengthening of institutional capacities.
- They welcomed the conclusion of the negotiation of the Agreement between the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the United Mexican States on Cooperation in the Protection, Conservation, Recovery and Restitution of Cultural Property, which will be signed before the end of the third quarter of 2022. The objective of the agreement is to establish the basis on which both countries will cooperate in the protection and conservation of their cultural property, as well as the necessary procedures for the recovery and restitution of cultural property that has been stolen, introduced, extracted, obtained or transferred illicitly.
- Welcomed the signing, on December 16, 2021, of the Specific Agreement for the Use of Environments of the Vice-Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia – Presidency of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly for the operation of the next Fondo de Cultura Económica Bookstore in Bolivia.
- They highlighted the visit of the Mexican delegation, headed by Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, to the Lithium Plant in the Salar de Uyuni to strengthen bilateral dialogue with the objective of promoting exchanges and the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge in the field of Lithium, in accordance with the priorities and areas of common interest determined in the national policies of each State, through their competent institutions.
- Agreed on the importance of facing the economic and financial crisis based on a global agreement that will allow progress towards economic and financial recovery for the benefit of vulnerable populations such as women and girls, indigenous peoples, youth and people with disabilities, among others, with a focus on integral and sustainable development that places the reduction of poverty and inequalities in all its forms and dimensions at the forefront.
- Expressed their willingness as CELAC member countries to promote and prioritize the issues that are part of the substantive agenda for regional integration, highlighting the work carried out by the Pro Tempore Presidency of Mexico during its 2020-2021 term.
- Encouraged the international community to continue working in solidarity to guarantee universal, fair, equitable and timely access to vaccines, as well as medicines and supplies to combat HIV/AIDS, making all necessary efforts to avoid hoarding for the sake of the immunization of our peoples.
- They agreed on the need to deepen the reflection and redesign of the Organization of American States (OAS) towards an effective integration of the States, which responds to a multilateral agenda structured on common challenges and works for the stability of the region, without political manipulation, based on dialogue and negotiation; with strict respect for the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and sovereignty of the States.
- Reject the application of any unilateral coercive measures against States, which violate the principle of non-intervention in internal affairs and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
- Welcome the launching of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Languages, adopted by Resolution 74/135 of the United Nations General Assembly, which proclaims the period 2022-2032 and took note of the Declaration of Los Pinos (Chapoltepek) – “Building a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages”, adopted at the high-level event “Building a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages”, held in Mexico on February 27 and 28, 2020. They also expressed their satisfaction with the start of activities of the Ibero-American Institute of Indigenous Languages (IIALI) on February 10, in the framework of the Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022 – 2032, which reflects the firm commitment of both countries to the use, promotion, preservation and revitalization of the culture and languages of indigenous peoples in all spheres.
- Reaffirmed their commitment to promote the effective exercise of the human right to water and sanitation as a basic principle for life and welcomed the Regional Workshop on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, held on July 27 and 28, 2022, in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra – Bolivia, as part of the preparatory process for the VI Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Sanitation (LATINOSAN) to be held in Cochabamba – Bolivia, on October 12 and 13, 2022.
- They expressed the importance of promoting an ongoing dialogue on issues related to biodiversity conservation, as well as sustainable development in harmony with nature, the fight against climate change through non-market mechanisms, effective adaptation policies, and accessible financing; in addition to advancing in instruments that strengthen actions to address losses and damages caused by natural disasters.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, thanked the Government and people of the Plurinational State of Bolivia for the cordial reception during his Official Visit to Bolivia and his participation as distinguished guest in the celebration of the 197th anniversary of the Independence of Bolivia, in the city of Sucre.
By Kawsachun News