Last week, Dominic Raab MP, UK Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State visited Mexico on his 3-day tour of North America. He also made stops in the US and Canada. Prior to his political career, Raab worked in law, eventually joining the Foreign Office in 2000 covering a range of assignments including leading a team at the Hague dedicated to bringing war criminals to justice. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2010. As Foreign Secretary, he wants to grasp the global opportunities that exist for the United Kingdom. He hopes to inspire confidence in the UK market and take up opportunities with enthusiasm and optimism. In his first two weeks in office, he has met face-to-face with 23 foreign ministers.
DOMINIC RAAB WITH MEXICAN FOREIGN SECRETARY MARCELO EBRARD
On his state visit to Mexico, Dominic Raab and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard signed the most wide-ranging agreement ever reached between the UK and Mexican governments. This new partnership aims to boost sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and cooperation on global challenges such as climate change. It will promote investment and trade in the sectors of advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, health, education, green finance and technology. It is also backed by £60 million across the next 4 years from the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund, to be used to help Mexico tackle poverty and inequality, strengthen its business environment and open markets, therefore creating new opportunities for British business. By 2026, Mexico’s markets are estimated to be worth up to £450 million to British businesses. Speaking of the agreement Dominic Raab said:
‘The new partnership that we’re launching today is an important part of our Global Britain strategy. The UK is excited to be working with our Mexican friends to develop a win-win relationship. There are huge opportunities to boost two-way trade, create jobs, tackle poverty and inequality, and address key Mexican priorities such as strengthening transparency and reducing corruption.’
On Thursday evening we were glad to have the opportunity to attend Dominic Raab’s meeting with British business leaders and Mexican investors and would like to thank the embassy for their collaboration in putting on this event. It was great to hear the round-table discussion cover such a wide variety of sectors and issues, and also to see that there is such optimism from both sides regarding business and trade in Mexico. Dominic Raab was keen to emphasise the huge opportunity for mutually beneficial trade between our two countries and insisted that the UK is more open to business than ever.
L-R: CORIN ROBERTSON, UK AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO; DAVID ATHERTON, PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN MEXICO, DOMINIC RAAB MP, UK FOREIGN SECRETARY
DOMINIC RAAB SPEAKING TO BRITISH BUSINESS LEADERS AND MEXICAN INVESTORS
We hope that this will be the first of many visits from the UK government, as they look to Mexico as an exciting market full of new opportunities post-Brexit, and we look forward to the friendship between these two countries being strengthened even further.