· With confidence in our willing, ability and willingness, Germany and Mexico must contribute to building a better world for everyone, he said.

· I am convinced that Germany and Mexico should continue combining efforts with responsibility and vision to build a world that ensures human dignity, he said. 

· Accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, the Mexican president attended the state dinner in his honor hosted by President of Joachim Gauck.

· With its progressive climate policy, Mexico plays a leading role in Latin America and among the emerging powers in tackling climate change: Joachim Gauck

President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto said today that his state visit to Germany, “Confirms the dynamism, scope and depth of our bilateral relations.”

At the state dinner hosted by President of Germany Joachim Gauck in honor of the Mexican president and his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, the president of Mexico declared that, “With confidence in our will, ability and willingness, Germany and Mexico must contribute to the construction of a better world for all.”

“I am convinced that Germany and Mexico will continue combining our efforts with responsibility and vision to build a world that ensures human dignity,” he declared.

He noted that Germany is our largest trading partner in the European Union, and our sixth largest investor, with total trade exceeding 15.75 billion Euros.

President Peña Nieto recalled that, “In June 2015, the governments of Germany and Mexico decided to launch a Binational Commission that will bring us even closer. This institutional mechanism, which we call the Alliance for the Future, seeks to identify relevant areas of cooperation, on the basis of a long-term vision.”

He declared that, “It is an honor for Mexico to be the first Latin American country to have a binational commission with Germany and its scope is promising.”

He also stressed the implementation of the German model of dual education, which increases opportunities for young people by simultaneously offering them studies and a source of employment, and infrastructure and clean energy projects.

The Mexican president said that, “The rapprochement between our countries is also reflected in the start of the activities of of Germany-Mexico Dual Year, which will enable our societies to get to know each other better.”

Our friendship and our exchanges are based on shared values and the determination to assume the global responsibility that corresponds to each nation,” he declared.

He explained that to this end, “We have maintained an effective, close cooperation, in both the United Nations and the G20, which Germany will chair in 2017. I am confident that the capacity and leadership of Germany will make it possible to achieve great results in this forum, which brings together the world’s leading economies.

In Mexico, structural transformations in the economic field are beginning to bear fruit: Joachim Gauck

For his part, President of Germany Joachim Gauck said Mexico is one of Germany’s most important partners in Latin America. “On the basis of mutual trust, we are cooperating both bilaterally and multilaterally, striving to find answers to the most pressing issues of the future,” he declared.

He explained that, “Tackling climate change is one of them, and with its progressive climate policy, Mexico plays a leading role in the region and among the emerging powers.”

He said that any climate policy revolves around energy policy. “So I welcome existing plans to strengthen Mexican-German cooperation in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as the protection of natural resources,” he said.

The German president stated that the joint efforts of both nations, “Are also designed to further expand economic relations.” He said that in Europe, Germany is the main destination of Mexican exports, “And for a growing number of German companies, for years, Mexico has been one of the most attractive locations for production and investments in Latin America.”

“All this reflects Mexico’s efforts to promote growth and well-being through a growing international orientation. The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has also decribed Mexico’s reform drive as exemplary. In Mexico, structural transformations in the economic field are beginning to bear fruit,” he added.

“More shared passion, more reciprocal interest and more curiosity about each other is what I desire for relations between our countries. The Year of Mexico in Germany we are inaugurating today, and the Year of Germany, which will begin in Mexico in June, will provide many occasions for this,” he declared.