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Shanmugam, Meade discuss stronger S’pore-Mexico relations

Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is currently visiting Mexico, met his Mexican counterpart Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade for a second round of bilateral political consultations on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE: Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is currently visiting Mexico, met his Mexican counterpart Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade for a second round of bilateral political consultations on Tuesday.

Both welcomed the upswing in bilateral relations, and discussed opportunities to further strengthen trade and investment, cultural cooperation and people-to-people linkages.

Dr Meade handed over the formal invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto to Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam to visit Mexico in 2015, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Singapore.

An agreement between Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology was also signed by Mr Shanmugam and Dr Meade to implement the Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA).

The award will provide PhD scholarships for Mexican students to do their research training at A*STAR and various Singapore universities.

Mr Shanmugam also met with the chief executive officer of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Emilio Lozoya.

They spoke about the opportunities created by the energy reforms in Mexico, and the interests of Singapore companies with the relevant expertise to contribute in a mutually beneficial way to this area of growth in Mexico.

Mr Shanmugam also delivered a speech titled "Bridging the Pacific: The Singapore-Mexico Partnership" to the diplomatic and academic community, business leaders and media representatives.

He highlighted the opportunities and potential for collaboration between the growing and dynamic economies of Latin America and Southeast Asia, and how Singapore as the first ASEAN observer of the Pacific Alliance and Mexico as the incoming president of the Pacific Alliance, could work together to tap into those opportunities. 

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