Mexico and UK form alliance to tackle corruption and impunity

Susan Williams, Baroness Williams of Trafford

Amidst heavy rain, a good omen for the British, the United Kingdom’s embassy in Mexico launched the UK Prosperity Fund Mexico Program focused on the support of inclusive economic development to reduce poverty and increase prosperity and security in our country, as well as in the UK.

Baroness Susan Williams, UK’s Minister of State and Minister of Equalities, introduced the Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law UK and Mexico Prosperity Fund and said it was designed as a “powerful mechanism to maximize our shared prosperity and support social inclusion,” which will focus on the detection and investigation of priority crimes in the areas of rule of law, anti-corruption, and cybercrime, working jointly with justice institutions to ensure equal access to justice.


@SusanBaroness lanzó el Programa de Anticorrupción y Estado de Derecho del #UKProsperityFund, que busca contribuir a la reducción de la pobreza y desigualdad de género, así como apoyar al desarrollo económico inclusivo. pic.twitter.com/NFgIdBzKIz

— UK in Mexico (@UKinMexico) September 18, 2019


The program will work jointly with the current Mexican government, which has recognized impunity as the principal barrier to fight insecurity and corruption in the National Plan for Development 2019-2024. Mexico is at an ideal time for strategic interventions that allow it to reduce poverty and advance in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Anti-Corruption and Rule of Law Program focuses on contributing to the consolidation of the Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice systems through the strengthening of detection and investigation skills in case of corruption and high-impact crimes.

The program will support Mexico for 3.5 years and has three key goals: improving the detection and investigation of high priority crimes, training male and female officers to boost their efficiency, and promoting coordination between security agencies.

Para ello trabajaremos de cerca junto con distintos organismos del @gobiernomx y con @PA_Consulting, para fortalecer las capacidades de detección e investigación de casos de corrupción y crímenes de alto impacto. pic.twitter.com/7k8Q265tIf

— UK in Mexico(@UKinMexico) September 18, 2019

On August 8, UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Mexico City to launch the new Partnership Agreement with Mexico to boost sustainable and inclusive economic growth in both countries. The partnership, signed by Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard, promotes greater investment and trade in advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, health, and education, as well as green finance and technology.

Ahead of his visit, Dominic Raab said, “The new partnership that we’re launching today is an important part of our Global Britain strategy. The UK is excited to be working with our Mexican friends to develop a win-win relationship. There are huge opportunities to boost two-way trade, create jobs, tackle poverty and inequality, and address key Mexican priorities such as strengthening transparency and reducing corruption.”


In Mexico City for last leg of my Americas trip. @M_Ebrard & I signed Partnership Agreement to help realise huge potential of #UKMX ties. From boosting trade to tackling climate change, as we seize the opportunities that lie beyond Europe, Mexico is a natural partner pic.twitter.com/Rh85ZWw3N5

— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) August 8, 2019


The program seeks to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Mexico by building a partnership that will equally benefit the UK regarding its international political, security, and economic priorities.

Although Mexico is the 15th largest market in the world, around half the population in the country live in poverty. In addition, gender inequality is intensified, for poverty has a disproportionate effect on women and girls, further suggesting Mexico’s significant issue with inclusive growth.

Source: El Universal



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