President Peña Nieto meets with Panamanian leader in Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto received an official visit from his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela at the National Palace in Mexico on 14 November 2016 and agreed to reinforce efforts to generate economic growth and combat regional challenges (Excelsior). The two leaders signed an agreement for collaboration on the exchange of information on consumer protection and another which included cooperation on issues such as migration and customs (Excelsior). President Peña Nieto highlighted Mexico was the third largest trading partner with Panama due to the FTA between the two countries and the eighth greatest user of the Panama Canal. Peña Nieto also remarked tourism exchange between the two countries has increased in recent years while President Varela assured Mexico and Panama share the same outlook on migratory issues and implored states take on responsibility to regulate the flight of the downtrodden rather than organized crime (Zocalo and La Jornada).