The Embassy of Mexico in Seoul commemorated the 205th Independence day of Mexico at the Grand Hyatt on Sept. 15. On this occasion, H. E. Jose Luis Bernal, the ambassador of Mexico to Korea, elaborated on how the continuous transformation, institutional development, and the quest for independence of the Mexican people that started 205 years ago has led Mexico to become the 15th largest economy in the world and a responsible actor in the global scene.
On this occasion, the ambassador also mentioned signing the MIKTA, an association of the five major middle powers of Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey, and Australia for innovative partnerships 2 years ago. The association members aim to contribute to global governance as constructive middle powers. He said, "Through MIKTA, we want to deepen our bilateral ties and to jointly collaborate for peace and security, global governance, and development cooperation. But above all, we want to contribute to make the voices of developing countries heard in the international forum.”
This year marks 53 years of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Korea, and the 10th year of a bilateral strategic alliance. During this time, Korea has become the 6th largest trading partner of Mexico, and the trade between the two nations is expected to surpass US$16 billion. This is mostly due to the investment of 1,700 Korean companies in Mexico that are working in partnership with Mexican producers in highly competitive value chains in various sectors, namely, electronics, domestic appliances, automobiles and auto parts, mining, energy, and consumer goods. Bilateral relations between the two nations are also enhanced by a growing number of Korean tourists to Mexico, that peaked at 90,000 per year, and academic exchanges of around 250 students from both sides every year.
The program was officiated by the Ambassador of Mexico H.E. Jose Luis Bernal and attended by two hundred representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the Korean government, enterpreneurs, academics, and other relevant members of Korean society. The Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lee Tae-ho also spoke after the Mexican ambassador to convey the Korean government's message in response to the government of Mexico on the occasion.
The latter half of the program was a reception for the Mexican community in Seoul. About 300 members of the Mexican community in Korea enjoyed traditional Mexican food and music.