The holders of the
Secretariats of Tourism (SECTUR) and Foreign Affairs (SRE, in Spanish,
respectively), Claudia Ruiz Massieu and José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, and the
Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of the Secretariat of Economy (SE), Francisco
de Rosenzweig, recently finished a working visit to Brazil, where they held
meetings with federal authorities of this country and with Mexican businessmen.
The purpose of
these meetings was to monitor the commitment of the governments of Mexico and
Brazil to advance in the dialogue and the political cooperation, strengthen
their economic ties and give a new impetus to their cooperation. Also, the
agenda that President Dilma Rousseff will unburden during the state visit she
will make to our country next 26 and May 27, 2015 was reviewed.
During her stay in
Brazil, the Secretary Ruiz Massieu met with the new Minister of Tourism of the
country, Henrique Eduardo Alves, with whom she agreed that the two countries
are stakeholders and regional leaders in this sector. They recognized that this
activity has proven to be a key engine for the economic and social development,
as well as a tool of international positioning and global responsibility.
Officials said that
there is a positive trend in the increase of tourist flow, bilaterally. In
2014, Brazil established itself as the sixth largest market for arrivals of
international visitors to Mexico and the second in Latin America and the
Caribbean, with an increase of 15.8% over the previous year, with a total of
309,696 visitors. In 2013, the arrival of Mexican tourists to Brazil amounted
to 76,738 persons, which meant an increase of 24.4% over the previous year.
The Secretary Ruiz
Massieu met with Vicente José de Lima Neto, president of EMBRATUR, the Brazilian
Institute of Tourism, with whom she discussed about the promotion strategies
that their respective nations develop for the positioning of their countries,
recognizing that there is still great potential to increase the tourist flows
and the knowledge of both destinations.
For his part, the
Chancellor Meade held a working meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Mauro
Vieira. They identified the projects that will allow to strengthen the
bilateral agenda in areas such as protection of investments, air services,
triangular cooperation, development banking, tourism, fishing, aquaculture and
Meade and Vieira agreed that, by the size of its economies, Mexico and Brazil
must maintain a constant dialogue on issues as trade, investment and tourism.
They recognized that in this matter, both countries still have great potential
to promote growth and development of their respective nations.
On the Palace of
Itamaraty, seat of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, the Secretary Meade Kuribreña
said that, being the two major economies of Latin America and the Caribbean,
their positions in the multilateral arena, its regional leaders, their
international relevance and their cultural significance, Mexico and Brazil are
called to further deepen their ties.
Francisco de Rosenzweig held a series of meetings with Brazilian government
officials, with whom he reviewed the state of bilateral relations in the field
of investment facilitation.
They also agreed to
explore the ways and projects in order to allow Mexico and Brazil increase its
trade flows, as the two governments have determined to proceed to further
deepen their ties.
Mexico and Brazil
are among the largest Latin American nations in terms of territory,
biodiversity, economy, population and industrial development. Together have
half the territory of Latin America and the Caribbean and both account for 62%
of the Gross Domestic Product in the region. The two countries generate 58% of
exports in Latin America.
Nowadays, Brazil stands
as the largest trading partner of Mexico in Latin America and the eighth in the
world, with a flow of goods exceeded nine billion dollars in 2014. It also
ranks as the fifth destination of Mexican exports worldwide and the first in
Latin America and the Caribbean.