A Year to Stregthen this Alliance for the Future
The two countries Mexico and Germany are closely linked through numerous long-term relationships. There are bilateral relationships in politics, business, development as well as in culture and education. Germany is considered Mexico’s most important trading partner within the European Union and Mexico the second most important economic partner in Germany within Latin America (after Brazil). Furthermore, the countries represent common values, such as striving for innovation and performance as well as sustainable development.
The cohesion and exchange of the two countries will be highlighted this year in the context of a Germany year in Mexico and a parallel Mexico year in Germany under the motto “An Alliance for the Future”. With the help of a multifaceted program, the countries would like to present themselves to each other and offer a platform for future dialogue.
The German Year in Mexico, an initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany, will start in June and last until the spring of next year. To kick off, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to Mexico and officially open the German Pavilion in Mexico City. According to Ambassador Viktor Elbling, Germany wants to be presented as a cosmopolitan, dynamic and future-oriented country that takes resposibility for peace, human rights and sustainable development.
To officially open the Mexican Year in Germany, Mexico’s President Peña Nieto went to Germany this month for a state visit. According to Ambassador Espinosa Cantellano, Mexico wants to show itself as a reliable business partner, a worthwhile investment location and a safe travel destination. In addition to its gastronomy which was dispayed by a tour of Mexican chefs throughout Germany, Mexico also wants to showcase its rich cultural history.
In total, over 120 projects and more than 1,000 events, such as trade fairs, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, festivals and numerous cultural events, take place during this dual year. The absolute highlights are the exhibition “The Maya – Language of Beauty” in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and the fair “Hecho en Alemania” in the World Trade Center in Mexico City. The topics of focus on this diverse program are science, culture, education, innovation, mobility and sustainability.
The aim of the dual year is, among other things, to provide impulses to strengthen existing bilateral relations and to open up new fields of cooperation in the future. Furthermore, global knowledge is to be strengthened and information relating to culture, economy, science and technology exchanged. The citizens of both countries are also to be brought closer together within the framework of increased dual vocational training and university cooperation.
Take part in one of the numerous events during the Mexico-Germany year and gain an insight into the two partner countries.
For example, visit the interactive exhibition pavilion on Mexico in Berlin. You can find more information here.
Source of Photos: Hagens World Photography