Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard traveled today to Germany at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to participate in the Latin America-Caribbean Conference held in Berlin.
The conference was attended by foreign ministers and representatives of various countries in the region. Secretary Ebrard was on the Economic Partners Panel, together with Jorge Faurie, Argentina's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, and Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. He also took part in high-level talks and met with Minister Faurie and the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado.
In addition, the foreign secretary met with Foreign Minister Maas for their second bilateral meeting in less than a month, a demonstration of their shared interest in dialogue and bilateral cooperation.
While in Germany, Foreign Secretary Ebrard presented the Comprehensive Development Plan for southern Mexico and the northern triangle of Central America. He called on the international private sector to boost development and create opportunities at the regional level, in line with the goals of the plan he presented. He thanked Minister Maas for expressing his support for the vision by saying that his country would seek to join the effort and contribute financial resources to improving the region's social wellbeing.
Lastly, the foreign secretary visited the Humboldt in the Americas exhibit at the Mexican embassy in Berlin. The Mexican government is taking part in the German government's celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt with a series of activities that will take place throughout the year.
In 2018, Germany ranked as Mexico's fourth trading partner worldwide and was first among the European Union member States. It was also the fifth largest investor in Mexico, and ranked second in the EU. There are more than 2,100 companies in Mexico with German capital, making it the main destination for German investment in Latin America.