Foreign Minister Vieira is making his first trip to Mexico
since taking office in 2015. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the trade
and industrial ties between the two largest economies in Latin America.
Brazil is a key partner for Mexico in Latin America and
the Caribbean. Trade in 2015
totaled USD 8.421 billion; Brazil is
Mexico’s main export market and most
important supplier in the region; and the most important source of
investment in Latin American.
Foreign Minister Vieira is in Mexico with the Minister of
Development, Industry and Trade, Armando Monteiro, to strengthen the economic component
of the visit. At the Binational Commission meeting, the two Brazilian ministers
and Mexican Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu will review all bilateral issues
of concern and promote greater economic,
trade and industrial integration.
One of the issues under discussion is the expansion of a complementary
agreement signed in 2002, which was the subject of a previous bilateral meeting
held in Brasilia.
Regarding the visit of
Foreign Minister Vieira and his delegation, Foreign Secretary Chancellor Ruiz
Massieu said that "Latin America can only be strengthened by the concerted
action of Mexico and Brazil, hence the importance of the third meeting of the Mexico-Brazil
Binational Commission. For Mexico, the goal of this third meeting is clear: to
continue exchanging information about ourselves; find more areas of agreement
in order to strengthen a dialogue that is based on trust; to dispel myths; overcome
a decades-long lack of mutual understanding and to reiterate that, when Mexico
and Brazil play together, the world wins.”