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Competitiveness and Workforce Development

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Competitiveness

While Mexico performs well on international competitiveness indices, competitiveness is constrained by security concerns, the cost of doing business, barriers to domestic competition, weaknesses in the educational system, and inefficiencies in the labor market.

In Ciudad Juarez, USAID and FEMAP/SADEC partnered to help lower-income women open their own business.
In Ciudad Juarez, USAID and FEMAP/SADEC partnered to help lower-income women open their own business.
FEMAP/SADEC
 

USAID supports Mexico’s efforts to improve public policies, catalyze public and private sector resources to expand opportunities in areas affected by crime, and develop sustainable financing models to attend community priorities.

In addition, USAID supports targeted commercial law reform to resolve commercial disputes more efficiently, fairly, and predictably. This also helps increase the availability of credit to small businesses through comprehensive secured transaction reform. The introduction of new financial structures and practices enables local governments to access Mexico’s capital market and lower the cost of borrowing. We help local governments access Mexican federal financing for social and economic programs.

Workforce Development

USAID supports Mexican initiatives to balance supply and demand for a skilled labor force.

USAID partnered with YouthBuild International, Jovenes con Rumbo and SERAJ to improve opportunities for youth in Monterrey and T
USAID partnered with YouthBuild International, Jovenes con Rumbo and SERAJ to improve opportunities for youth in Monterrey and Tijuana.
YouthBuild International

USAID’s efforts foster skills acquisition among youth and increase portability of skills across the education, training and labor market systems. USAID supports the incorporation of internships in upper secondary school curriculum, the improvement of school-based career guidance activities, the enhancement of job placement systems, and the creation of an online employment portal.

USAID focuses on regions along Mexico’s northern border and works through international and local private sector partners, including the Carlos Slim Foundation, CISCO, Manpower, Microsoft, and Walmart.

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Last updated: November 20, 2014

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