As the United States is bracing for the incoming impact of President Trump’s exit from the Paris Agreement, other countries are taking matters into their own hands and preaching by example in the battle against climate change.
Such is the case of the understanding between Mexico and Germany. Accepting the invitation made by President Enrique Peña Nieto back in 2016, during his official visit to Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited for the second time Mexico, in her capacity as Germany’s leader. Alongside Merkel, an important delegation of German businessmen traveled with her, to strengthenboth countries’ commercial and investment relations.
The timely visit will also officially close the Mexico-German dual year (2016-2017). The program included several bilateral cooperation projects and activities centered in: trade, investment, tourism, education, science, innovation, art and creative industries.
Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens, was part of the delegation accompanying Merkel in her official visit. During an official event presided by both Heads of State, Kaeser reiterated the company’s plans to invest US$ 200M and to create over 1,000 jobs in Mexico during the next 10 years.
This commitment adds to the company’s renewed accord with CFE, signed during Merkel’s official visit. The accord is a follow-up of the Memorandum of Understanding the German company signed with Mexico’s CFE back in February, conferring smart grid technology to Mexico’s electric infrastructure with the latest technologies, best practices and digitalization processes.
SUSTAINABILITY WEEK MEXICO-GERMANY: DIALOGUES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
During the Ninth edition of the Mexico-Germany sustainability week, organized by the Mario Molina Center in collaboration with the German Embassy in Mexico, several discussion forums between Mexican and German specialists around sustainability and the environment, as major development sources, were held.
In this occasion, the Energy Reform was at the center of opinion exchanges. Viktor Elbling, Germany’s Ambassador in Mexico, pinpointed that energy efficiency and sustainability is a priority of both nation’s current cooperation scheme, where academia, the private sector and civil society must all be involved.