• The two discussed the Open Government Partnership and the progress achieved during Mexico’s chairmanship.
• At the official residence of Los Pinos, President Enrique Peña Nieto received a courtesy visit from South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the leader of his country's delegation at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit on behalf of South African President Jacob Zuma.
At the meeting, the President of Mexico and the Deputy President of South Africa discussed the Open Government Partnership and the progress achieved during the year it was chaired by Mexico.
Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged Mexico's commitment to the principles of Open Government, transparency and accountability.
He also congratulated President Enrique Peña Nieto on the progress achieved during Mexico’s chairmanship of the Open Government Partnership, which concludes with the celebration of the Global Summit 2015, to be held in Mexico City as from today.
During the Summit, Deputy President Ramaphosa will receive the Chairmanship of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership from President Peña Nieto.
President Peña Nieto and Vice-President Ramaphosa also discussed the economic prospects of the two nations and the rest of the world as well as the structural changes being promoted in each of the two countries.
President Peña Nieto thanked Deputy President Ramaphosa, in Mexico for the first time, for his visit. His stay coincides with the 22th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
The Mexican president asked Vice President Ramaphosa to convey an invitation to the South African President to visit Mexico next year.
During the meeting, the Mexican President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Head of the President’s Office, Francisco Guzmán Ortiz, and María del Carmen Oñate Muñoz, Director General for Africa and Middle East of the Foreign Ministry.
The Deputy President of South Africa was accompanied by South African Ambassador to Mexico Sandile Nogxina and Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Tyrone Luwellyn Landers.
The Open Government Partnership, formally launched in September 2011, seeks to ensure that governments make specific commitments to promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance.