UAE seeks stronger trade, economic ties with Mexico: minister

Tourism and the logistics stand out as two major sectors of economic activity between the two countries

Gulf News

Mexico City: The UAE seeks to boost trade and economic relations and partnerships with Mexico, building on the two economies’ high resilience against global challenges, successful Emirati investments in Latin America and Mexico’s position as the largest recipient of UAE non-oil exports in Latin America, UAE Minister of Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri has stressed during a joint business forum in the Mexican capital.

“The UAE continues to pursue a policy to forge successful strategic partnerships, and open up trade with Mexico, a destination for 18.7 per cent of all Emirati non-oil exports to Latin America” he said, and noted that the volume of total trade between the two countries amounted to $1.5 billion (Dh5.5 billion) in 2015, and stood at $657 million in the first half of the current year, thanks to the successful policy.

Tourism and the logistics stand out as two major sectors of economic activity between the two countries. However, Mexico’s increasing food and agricultural exports represent another area with the potential to help open good opportunities for business and investment between the UAE and Latin America, according to Al Mansouri, who noted that in the UAE, there are 351 registered Mexican trademarks.

“Maintaining promising opportunities in the wider Gulf region requires large-scale investments in land reclamation for agriculture, developing food processing facilities and providing logistic support. Hence, logistic services, transportation and aviation are seen as major strategic sectors for stronger bilateral trade and economic ties, where the business community has a bigger role to play,” Al Mansouri said.

Regional markets

Inviting Mexican investors to the Global Manufacturing And Industrialisation Summit, to be held in the UAE in March 2017, the economy minister said the UAE’s leadership has provided a favourable environment that enables foreign businesses to establish a strong presence, not only in the UAE but also in other promising markets in the region.

In the 1970s, Mexico became a major trade partner of the UAE, and since 2008, when the UAE opened its diplomatic mission in Mexican capital, ties between the two countries have been growing stronger.

UAE government officials and representatives of the public and private sectors took part in the UAE-Mexico Business Forum, organised by the UAE Ministry of Economy and ProMexico, a government foreign trade and investment promotion agency.

The ambassador of the UAE to Mexico Ahmad Hatem Al Menhali attended the forum along with the UAE delegation.

The CEO of ProMexico, Francisco Gonzalez Diaz, spoke at the forum and expressed his country’s desire to expand ties with the UAE, and cited education, financial services, energy and manufacturing as potential sectors for bigger foreign investments in Mexico and stronger economic relations with the UAE.

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