President Enrique Peña Nieto received Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove at the National Palace.
This is a historic official visit because it is the first to Mexico and Latin America by a Governor-General of Australia. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
In recent years, Australia and Mexico have agreed on various areas of cooperation, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and as of 2013, MIKTA, an informal space for dialogue between Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia, designed to serve as a bridge between middle powers.
- Bilateral trade stands at nearly $1.65 billion USD a year.
- Australia is Mexico’s 11th largest trading partner in Asia-Pacific.
- Mexico is Australia’s main trading partner in Latin America. In Mexico, there are over 200 companies with Australian capital, many of which are in infrastructure areas.
- As a result of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement, the potential and strategic nature of bilateral relations are even greater.
- In 2014, Mexican researchers were trained in Australia in reef conservation and management, because it has the world’s largest barrier reef in the world, with a length of 2,600 km.
- Every year, 2,400 Mexican students enroll in various programs in Australia, of which approximately one thousand are provided by Australian Higher Education Institutions.
Results of the meeting
Various topics were reviewed in the economic field, as well as in educational and cultural cooperation. It was agreed:
- To maintain the momentum of political dialogue at all levels, in order to promote further growth of economic exchanges.
- That both countries will continue to work towards the rapprochement and integration of the Pacific economies.
- To continue to work towards the rapprochement and integration of the Pacific economies.
- To promote free trade as an essential instrument to spur economic development and job creation.
- To tap the enormous potential for cooperation in environmental care, education, innovation, science and technology.
“In this new era of friendship and collaboration, Australia and Mexico will work together to meet global challenges and one of the issues we addressed was our responsibility at multilateral forums”: EPN