1. In response to an invitation from Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam paid a state visit to Mexico from June 7-11, 2016. President Tan was accompanied by a delegation of ministers, legislators, government officials and business people, during this first state visit by a president of Singapore to Mexico and Latin America.
2. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Singapore in 2015 underlined the growing importance of their bilateral relations, reflected in increased flows trade and investment flows, the volume of bilateral and triangular cooperation, and the frequency of high-level visits and meetings.
3. Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Tony Tan Keng Yam welcomed the excellent progress of the bilateral relations between their countries. They higlighted the value of further exploiting the opportunities to strengthen and deepen this partnership, and reaffirmed their commitment to that end. The two leaders declared that this state visit is a milestone that will translate into a closer relationship and partnership between Mexico and Singapore.
4. The Mexican president noted Singapore’s progress in becoming a prosperous, advanced society, which has built its success on the basis of a cohesive, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic and religiously diverse society.
5. The president of Singapore also highlighted the structural reforms undertaken by the government of President Peña Nieto, which will strengthen the national economy and its competitiveness, expand citizens’ rights and strengthen their institutions. These reforms also create new, broader opportunities for investment, trade and other forms of cooperation between Mexico and Singapore.
In this scenario, the two leaders did the following:
6. They welcomed the continuous interaction between the two countries, including political consultations, which has helped foster exchanges to strengthen economic and investment ties and to enhance scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries.
7. They agreed on the need to continue promoting political dialogue at the highest level and pledged to strengthen bilateral relations through more active exchanges between their respective ministries and governments. They also agreed to continue promoting closer parliamentary ties.
8. They agreed to continue promoting comprehensive cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields to tap the potential of bilateral relations, based on strengthening the institutional framework.
9. They discussed ways to strengthen communication channels with the aim of fostering mutual understanding and dialogue, as well as promoting closer links between Latin America and the Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
10. They highlighted the participation of senior business representatives from both countries in business events, as well as high-level meetings within the framework of the state visit, and stressed the importance of promoting more active economic relations to encourage trade and investment.
11. They evoked the Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments and expressed interest in continuing constructive commitments to further facilitate bilateral trade, cooperation and investment between the two countries.
12. They highlighted the growing importance of both economies at the regional and international level, and the diversity of trade. In 2015, bilateral trade increased significantly, while cumulative direct investment from Singaporean companies in Mexico has also risen in recent years. Likewise, there is a growing presence of Mexican companies in Singapore. The two governments agreed to promote a richer dialogue in their respective business environments on trade and investment.
13. They agreed on the need to further promote trade and investment flows in key sectors such as energy, agribusiness, port and airport infrastructure, tourism, real estate, seabed mining, services, seafood , engineering and construction, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, automotive, fast moving consumer goods, oil and gas, metals and minerals, urban planning and development, water management and waste, urban mobility, information and communications technology solutions and electronic government, electronic industry and biomedical products.
14. They underlined their membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), which will strengthen and expand mutually beneficial links between their economies and reaffirmed the value of TPP in promoting open trade and regional integration. To achieve these objectives, they stressed the need for its early ratification.
15. They recognized the importance of improving air connectivity as a key element in triggering the potential for economic growth of both countries, enabling greater attraction of investment flows and trade, promoting tourism and facilitating access to markets in both regions.
16. They hailed the opening of Banyan Tree hotels in Acapulco and the Riviera Maya, two major Singaporean investments, and welcomed the recent launch of the Banyan Tree Hotel Industry Fund Mexico to finance tourism development projects.
17. They praised the opening of the new Kidzania center in Singapore, a Mexican project of more than 7,600 square meters, representing an investment of more than $65.2 million USD, which is expected to receive an average influx of half a million visitors a year.
18. They highlighted the importance of increasing trade and specific programs in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, health, environment, information and the media, sports, and tourism to strengthen bilateral ties with which to expand knowledge and mutual understanding.
19. They welcomed the implementation of specific technical cooperation initiatives, which include various activities and the exchange of experiences with third countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and welcomed the joint efforts of the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation Development (AMEXCID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore in this regard. They reiterated their support for increasing international development cooperation and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
20. They commended joint triangular cooperation activities such as the “Seminar on Housing and Urban Development,” held in March 2015, attended by participants from 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries
They also welcomed the collaboration between the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) and Singapore’s National Water Agency (NWA) to organize a Water Resource Management Workshop from July 9-13 in Singapore, as part of International Water Week.
21. They expressed their deep commitment to multilateralism and their shared vision, as global players, of the need to strengthen cooperation within the framework of the United Nations Organization (UN), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Forum of Latin America-East Asia Cooperation (FEALAC), on priority issues such as comprehensive UN reform, disarmament, South-South cooperation, trade and investment flows, energy security, food security, sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law and good governance principles.
22. They highlighted the strategic location of Mexico and Singapore, as well as the important role they play in their respective regions. In this context, they welcomed Singapore’s participation as an observer state of the Pacific Alliance, while stressing its importance in strengthening cooperation links between member countries and Singapore, through specific projects of mutual interest.
23. They expressed their satisfaction with the successful completion of Singapore’s mandate as a focal point for cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Pacific Alliance, which facilitated dialogue and cooperation between the two regional organizations. Mexico recognizes Singapore’s importance as a key observer state of the Pacific Alliance in the Asia-Pacific region and appreciates its active cooperation in the undertaking of projects that result in mutual, concrete benefits for all member countries.
24. They welcomed the fact that their countries are part of Nuclear Weapons Free Zones. Both leaders stressed that the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons constitute a growing global concern, and that the existence of nuclear weapons poses a threat to humanity and international peace and security. Mexico and Singapore confirmed their commitment to continuing to work for the prohibition and total elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.
25. They hailed both countries’ signing of the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, which took place on April 22, 2016. They recognized the challenges of climate change and the vulnerability of both countries to natural disasters and reiterated their willingness to collaborate actively in the international community’s efforts to promote greater adaptability and resilience.
26. They recognized the unique opportunity provided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions-economic, social and environmental-in a balanced, integral manner. In this regard, they confirmed their commitment to implementing the corresponding plan of action.
27. They witnessed the signing of the following cooperation agreements:
- 1. Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretariat and the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on International Development Cooperation.
- 2. Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural and Food Cooperation between the Mexican Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Secretariat and the Singaporean Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
- 3. Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Education Secretariat and the Singaporean Ministry of Education on Cooperation in the Field of Education.
28. They welcomed the signing of the following cooperation agreements during the state visit:
- 1. Memorandum of Understanding between ProMéxico and International Enterprise Singapore.
- 2. Renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology and Singapore Business Federation.
- 3. Memorandum of Understanding between the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and Nanyang Technological University.
29. They expressed their desire for the conclusion of the negotiation of the following agreements:
- 1. Memorandum of Understanding on Labor Matters between the Mexican Labor and Social Welfare Secretariat and the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower.
- 2. Memorandum of Understanding on Denominations of Origin and Geographical Indications between the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
30. They highlighted the success of this historic state visit. They agreed that it is a first step towards a new stage of bilateral relations, and a renewed commitment by both countries to further strengthen and consolidate the partnership between Mexico and Singapore, as well as to promote ties of lasting friendship.
31. President Tony Tan expressed his gratitude for the warm hospitality of the people and the government of Mexico to him and his delegation, and invited President Enrique Peña Nieto to pay a state visit to Singapore.