More than 100 small and medium-sized companies have their pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Mexico: The UAE is the gateway to the Middle East markets

  • Mexico showcases in its pavilion the diversity of its culture and local environment.

    Photography: Patrick Castillo

  • Luis Alfonso de Alba: "The Dubai Chamber will open an office in Mexico. Entrepreneurs will soon export their products to the UAE."

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Mexico's Ambassador to the UAE, Luis Alfonso de Alba, affirmed that the World Business Forum for Latin America 2022 provides unique opportunities to study the reality of relations between the UAE and Mexico, and discuss prospects for their development in light of the strong interest of both countries in strengthening their relationship with the other, noting that The UAE is a gateway to the Middle East markets for Mexico.

business partner

He said that Mexico's participation in "Expo 2020 Dubai" came to give a great momentum that contributes to strengthening the bonds of cooperation and partnership with the UAE, which is an important step that confirmed Mexico's determination to take concrete steps towards strengthening relations with the UAE and the region, including strengthening the bonds of cooperation and political dialogue. Bilateral trade and investment.

The Mexican ambassador pointed out that the UAE is currently his country's second trading partner in the Middle East, explaining that despite the encouraging numbers of commercial and investment activities that have risen rapidly in recent years, there is still much that needs to be done to fully benefit from the economic potential. for both parties.

UAE site

He continued to "Emirates Today": "The UAE is a gateway to enter the Middle East markets for Mexico, and Mexico could also be a gateway for the UAE to enter the North American and Latin American markets."

potential opportunities

On the possible economic opportunities or under planning between the two countries, the Mexican ambassador explained that the Mexican Minister of Economy, Tatiana Clother Carrillo, visited the UAE at the end of last February, and she met the Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and they agreed to take a number of measures to enhance the volume of economic exchange. And investment between the two countries, with a focus on the pharmaceutical, automobile and agricultural business sectors.

Dubai Chamber of Commerce

The Mexican ambassador praised the efforts and role of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, saying that the Chamber will open an office in Mexico City, and joint work and cooperation will continue through it to create a favorable environment for Mexican companies in the UAE, as well as for Emirati companies in Mexico.

He stressed that the presence of a representative office of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce in Mexico will certainly contribute to strengthening the bonds of cooperation within the private sector.

On the positive reflection of the opening of a direct flight between Dubai and Mexico City, he said that this greatly contributes to increasing cooperation, enhancing tourism, bilateral relations, and cultural and commercial friction.

«Expo 2020 Dubai»

The Mexican ambassador pointed out that his country's participation in "Expo 2020 Dubai" was in line with the slogan of this global event, which is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", as the event provided the opportunity for Mexico to establish intense international contacts in the political, economic, cultural and cooperative fields.

He continued, “In the Mexico Pavilion, we showcase the diversity of our culture and our local environment, and present the richness of our ancient civilizations in an innovative way.

We have also launched a strong cultural program, attracting prominent Mexican artists to perform at the largest exhibition in the world.”

De Alba stated that Mexico's participation in Expo 2020 Dubai included a high-level political presence and a celebration of its National Day on November 10, and officials implemented a strong agenda to encourage trade and investment, in addition to activities to explore potential areas of cooperation with the UAE in the fields of tourism, education, technology and innovation. .

On the commercial level, de Alba said that the Mexican pavilion successfully received trade missions from various sectors, such as agro-industry, technology, infrastructure, textiles, and food and beverages, noting that the business center organized more than 150 business meetings and 270 contacts with international institutions, in addition to To organize presentations and networking events.

small businesses

In response to a question for "Emirates Today" about the aspects of Mexico's support for small and medium-sized companies, de Alba said that the Mexican Ministry of Economy supported the launch of more than 100 small and medium-sized companies towards the "global", all of which are present in its pavilion at "Expo 2020 Dubai", stressing that many Mexican entrepreneurs who have successfully found trading partners and will soon export their products to the UAE.

Civil society interest in visiting Dubai

Mexico's Ambassador to the UAE, Luis Alfonso de Alba, said that "Expo 2020 Dubai" has also awakened the interest of civil society in visiting Dubai, including academic circles and representatives of non-governmental organizations, to search for opportunities to communicate with the UAE and the region, stressing the importance of such relations in Building bridges of communication between two countries, separated by a great geographical distance.

He considered Expo 2020 Dubai a first contributor to bringing countries closer together, more than ever, and an opportunity to build on the great achievements that brought together Mexico and the UAE, achieved during the past months, which will be strengthened and ensured its continuity by adopting a long-term approach. .

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