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Celebrating the 206th Anniversary of Independence of Mexico

Ambassador of Mexico Mr. Mauricio Escanero hosted a reception at his official residence in Pretoria to commemorate the 206th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.

Photo: Ambassador Mauricio Escanero and Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development of South Africa toasting to Mexico's 206th Anniversary of Independence.

In his remarks Ambassador Escanero said that the celebration "is also an opportunity for celebrating the friendship and cooperation between Mexico and South Africa, two beautiful nations rich in history and natural and cultural diversity.

Today, Mexico and South Africa are working together to position our relations in a higher level of strategic priority, in accordance with their true potential.  We are working on all fronts, enhancing our political dialogue, our bilateral legal framework, our economic links, our cultural and academic exchanges, and our cooperation for development."

There are a series of high-profile cultural activities that will take place to continue strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Mexico and South Africa. Ambassador Escanero shared with guests the Mexican flagship program “Ven a Comer” (“Come and Enjoy our Cuisine”). A unique gastronomic collaboration between Mexico's top chef, Jorge Vallejo, and local gastronomical star, Luke Dale-Roberts was inaugurated. The well-known Mexican traditional cook Abigail Mendoza will also visit South Africa in October and November to share Mexico's culinary culture, which has been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Remarks by Ambassador Mauricio Escanero at the celebration of the 206th Anniversary of Independence of Mexico

16 September 2016

Honorable Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development of South Africa, and other senior officials of the Government of South Africa
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Dean of GRULAC, Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguidos miembros de la comunidad mexicana, distinguished friends and guests,

Thank you for your kind presence in this commemoration of the 206th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico!

This is also an opportunity for celebrating the friendship and cooperation between Mexico and South Africa, two beautiful nations rich in history and natural and cultural diversity!

Today, Mexico and South Africa are working together to position our relations in a higher level of strategic priority, in accordance to their true potential.  We are working in all fronts, enhancing our political dialogue, our bilateral legal framework, our economic links, our cultural and academic exchanges, and our cooperation for development.

  

Building upon the results of the recent visits of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other high-level dignitaries to Mexico, we are looking forward to our III Bi-national Commission, under the leadership of our Ministers of Foreign Affairs, in order to provide further impetus to our cooperation agreements on scientific and technological cooperation, health, veterinary services, social development, gender equality, environment, biodiversity, water, mineral resources, and air transport, among other areas. We are also looking forward to welcome a high-level delegation to the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity that we will host in Mexico in December this year.

Our efforts to strengthen our higher-education cooperation deserve special mention. Last July we received the visit of the Chancellor of UNAM, the oldest, largest and highest rated university of Mexico. The Chancellor signed cooperation agreements with the universities of Pretoria, Wits, Cape Town and UNISA. As a follow up, this coming week the Vice-chancellor of Wits will be in Mexico, and we are also looking forward to the visit of the Vice-chancellor of the University of Pretoria next year. Now our shared focus is on implementation.

A brief comment on white maize, the essential staple of the popular diet both in Mexico and in many countries in Africa.  This year, Southern Africa is suffering the worst drought in decades and, as a consequence, it needs to import maize. Mexico had a similar problem a few years ago and we could solve it by importing maize from South Africa. This time around, Mexico has surplus and is gladly contributing to the supply of white maize in Southern Africa.  

But maize for Mexico and South Africa is more than trade. It is also about South-South cooperation for development. In this regard, together with the Agricultural Research Council and other key stakeholders, we are holding a workshop this October in order to explore the contributions that the indigenous knowledge of Mexico, as the country of origin of maize and the site of its richest biodiversity, may have for the benefit of sustainable development and nutrition and food security in Southern Africa.

To conclude, allow me to share with you that, as part of the Mexican flagship program “Ven a Comer” (“Come and Enjoy our Cuisine”), last night we inaugurated in Cape Town a unique gastronomic collaboration between Mexico's top chef, Jorge Vallejo, and local gastronomical star, Luke Dale-Roberts. The well-known Mexican traditional cook Abigail Mendoza will also visit South Africa in October and November to share our culinary culture, which has been recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. These are the first of a series of high-profile cultural activities that we will have the honor and pleasure of promoting to continue strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our nations.

Dear friends and guests, queridos compatriotas, the team of the Mexican Embassy and myself are very grateful with all of you for your kind support and encouragement. We are looking forward to continue working together with you for the benefit of the relationship between the Governments and peoples of Mexico and South Africa.

It is with this commitment that I wish to invite all of you to raise your glass to toast for the 206th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, for the friendship and cooperation between Mexico and South Africa, as well as in honor of our Heads of State, President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Jacob Zuma. Thank you, muchas gracias.

Embassy of Mexico in Pretoria, South Africa


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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