The Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project (Mesoamerica Project, PM) is the regional integration and development mechanism that enhances complementarity and cooperation in order to implement projects that result in concrete benefits for societies in terms of economic growth, interconnectivity and social development. The PM provides the space to generate agreements and establish priorities from a regional integration perspective.
It was launched in 2008 during the 10th Summit of the Tuxtla Mechanism for Dialogue and Coordination, and as the successor to the Plan Puebla Panama.
It has 9 lines of action:
The PM has enabled the convergence of different cooperation partners, including IDB, CAF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation, UNDP, FAO, WHO/PAHO, ECLAC, BCIE, New Zealand, Switzerland, and others.
Mexico’s main contributions to the PM are:
Support for the establishment of the Central American Electrical Interconnection System (SIEPAC) facilitating its connection to the Mexican electrical market;
Technical expertise, and technology, for the Georeferenced Transportation Information System;
Financing and implementation of the Mesoamerica Sin Hambre program, which in collaboration with FAO looks to strengthen food security regulatory frameworks;
Technical expertise, technology and financing for the Risk Management Network;
Capacity development for the implementation of the Trade Facilitation and Competitiveness Strategy in Central America;
Support and financing of the regional and national public health plans in collaboration with PAHO;
Technical expertise and technology for the launching of the Mesoamerican Virtual Center for Excellence in Forest Monitoring and the Climate Services Center for Mesoamerica;
Knowledge sharing for the integration of Mesoamerica into the digital economy, and