New Zealand Embassy Mexico City
New Zealand and Mexico commit to greater trade ties and a deeper friendship
Prime Minister John Key was received by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña on the first stop of his official tour of Latin America in the impressive Chapultepec Castle – an historical building located at the top of the Chapultepec Hill, which was a sacred place for the Aztecs as well as one of the only two Royal Castles in the Americas.
The visit took on added profile as Prime Minister Key was first foreign leader to be hosted by President Peña Nieto. The visit was well timed as Mexico looks to increase its engagement with the Asia Pacific region, in particular through the Trans Pacific Partnership, and as New Zealand looks to strengthen its relationship with the key economies of Latin America. Both Leaders recognised the strong friendship that exists between Mexico and New Zealand, and committed to work to expand bilateral trade and investment, and to continue the good cooperation that exists in the multilateral arena, such as the current negotiations on an arms trade treaty. The Joint Statement issued by the President and the Prime Minister sets a framework for the bilateral relationship and reiterates the common commitment to conclude the Trans Pacific Partnership this year. Mexico and New Zealand also signed an Statement of Intent on Innovation and Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs). Mr. Key delivered a keynote address on New Zealand and Mexico in the Asia Pacific region, and engaged in an interactive discussion during a breakfast event . During the visit, Mr Key was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Bronagh Key, Nathan Guy, Minister of Primary Industries, and by business and media delegations. The presence of the New Zealand businesses and the connections made through parallel events such as agribusiness and education workshops, and specialist meeting programmes, serves a good basis for much greater collaboration between New Zealand and Mexican businesses, with a lot of potential for increase two-way trade and investment. The support of COMCE, ProMéxico, COMEXI and ANZMEX was integral to the visit’s success. The Embassy appreciated the presence of members of the New Zealand community in Mexico during the official welcome ceremony at Chapultepec Castle.