Welcome Message from the Swiss Ambassador to Mexico, Eric Mayoraz
2019 was really a very busy year for the SwissCham and for the Embassy of Switzerland too. We had an excellent cooperation with the Chamber in many priority fields of our bilateral relation with Mexico. First of all, the collaboration between the Swiss Business Hub of the Embassy, a branch of S-GE (Swiss Global Enterprise) promoting Swiss exports and investments in Mexico, has been deepened and reinforced by the visit of former CEO of S-GE, Mr. Daniel Küng in early 2019; the visit of the Head of Global network from S-GE, Mr. Thomas Först in December; as well as by different common projects and visits in the country.
The Embassy and the SwissCham also organized and participated jointly at important events such as the Pacific Alliance Youth Summit, the first Swiss Forum on Women Leaders, the Forum on Smart Mobility, and many other important events, including promoting together the Dual Education System. We received the official visit in June from the Head of the Division of International Relations of the Swiss Ministry of Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI), Ambassador Moruzzi, who met with executives from Swiss companies to exchange views on the vocational education and training program as well as on the innovation landscape in Mexico.
We also had close contact with the newly established federal authorities in Mexico, in particular, with the Special Adviser and Chief of Staff of the President’s Office Dr. Alfonso Romo, who hosted us at Palacio Nacional in June for an extensive review of our commercial and economic bilateral links, and who participated in November to an interesting exchange with the members of the SwissCham.
Both, the Embassy and the Chamber, participated actively along with a high-ranking delegation from the Swiss Ministry of Economic Affairs (SECO), in the annual Joint Economic Commission Switzerland-Mexico, which took place in Mexico City in September and was very intensive and fruitful.
During 2019, the Embassy received more requests of support from different Swiss companies. I am glad to say, that we were able to intervene, mostly successfully, in their favor to the newly-established authorities. This lets me think, after a period of changes in the different administrations, that we have now good openness and a tight collaboration with all Mexican officials. We will continue to strengthen the bilateral economical, commercial, but also political links between our two governments.
2020 will surely be marked by a further consolidation of this already very intense bilateral relation. We will celebrate between the second semester of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Mexico and Switzerland with a series of interesting projects. Of course, the Embassy will closely cooperate with the SwissCham, its members, and the others Swiss entities to ensure the best possible success and visibility to this anniversary. We hope to receive the best possible support from everybody!
Swiss Ambassador to Mexico