The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the strategic relationship and increase the level of understanding and cooperation. It also seeks to deepen cooperation in dual training, so that high school students can develop the skills needed by businesses in order to help them enter the workforce.

Over 15 agreements will be signed to complement the legal framework on energy, transportation, health, the environment, the financing of new technologies, SME promotion and cooperation in science and technology.

At a press conference, the Foreign Ministry’s Chief of Staff, Ana Paola Barbosa, said that the trip has an important economic component. The President is accompanied by a large group of business executives who are exploring new ways to increase trade.

President Peña, accompanied by the official Mexican delegation, arrived in Germany on Sunday afternoon and will begin his official activities early Monday morning.

He began by sighing the Distinguished Visitors’ Book at Bellevue Palace, where the official welcome ceremony took place. German President Joachim Gauck hosted the ceremony. The two presidents then met and exchanged gifts.

President Peña and his wife, Angelica Rivera de Peña laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Victims of War and Tyranny and observed a moment of silence as a trumpeter played the "The Good Comrade."

In the afternoon, the Mexican president met with the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller. At the meeting, the President of Mexico signed the Golden Book of the City of Berlin.

A highlight of the President’s agenda was the inauguration of the exhibit "The Mayas: Language of Beauty" at the Martin Gropius Bau Museum to kick off the Mexico-Germany Dual Year.

The second day began with a meeting of German business executives with interests in Mexico. A joint declaration to establish a Mexico-Germany energy partnership and a joint declaration on improving business opportunities by promoting entrepreneurship and advanced training were signed.  

At noon, President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a meeting between the delegations of both countries. After the meeting, Merkel held a working lunch for the President and his delegation. The President’s activities in Berlin ended with a press conference where both leaders expressed the desire of their countries’ for a stronger bilateral relationship.

The President then met with the Mayor of Hamburg. He will end his State visit to Germany tomorrow.