India-Mexico Friendship Group in Chamber of Deputies established
The India-Mexico Friendship Group (Grupo de Amistad México-India) of the 62nd Legislature in the Chamber of Deputies (Lower House) in the Mexican Congress was established today in a ceremony at the Chamber. The ceremony was co-chaired by Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy and Deputy Javier Lopez Zavala, President of the Group. The Friendship Group has sixteen Deputies as members.
2. In his address, Deputy Javier Lopez referred to the ties between India and Mexico. Specifically, he said that India’s culture, religion, philosophy and worldview had influenced Mexico in the past. He referred to the growing ties between India and Mexico, especially the rapidly expanding trade and economic linkages. He said that the challenges facing Mexico and India as countries made it necessary for them to exchange experiences and best practices in government and gave the example of the visit of the then Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation of India, Mr. Ajay Maken, last February in this context. He added that the Friendship Group would be part of the mechanism of bilateral dialogue and promote cooperation between the two countries. He also conveyed the greetings of the Chamber of Deputies to the Honourable President of India.
3. The keynote address was delivered by Ambassador Chinoy. He observed that India and Mexico have much in common and both, as democracies, value pluralism and diversity. He pointed out that India is world’s largest democracy with about 750 million registered voters and that it is among the top 10 economies in the world with well-known achievements in agriculture, information technology, nuclear and space sciences. He added that India greatly valued its relationship with Mexico and in 2015 the two countries would mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. He said that the two countries have a “Privileged Partnership” with high-level exchanges having given impetus to our ties and fostered excellent cooperation at the bilateral and multilateral level. He also referred to the growing bilateral trade and investment linkages between India and Mexico which had touched US$ 6.3 billion in 2012. He noted the fact that India was already Mexico’s third largest market for crude oil. Noting that the two countries also have an institutional framework in place for deepening bilateral economic ties and for consultation at various levels, he said that establishment of the Friendship Group augurs well for the future of our relations. He hoped that it would lead to greater exchanges between parliamentarians. A video recording of the event and Ambassador’s address may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMbXWWrIJVc&feature=youtu.be&a.
4. Ambassador Chinoy made the formal declaration of the establishment of the India-Mexico Friendship Group in the Chamber of Deputies. He also signed the distinguished Visitors’ Book at the Chamber.
Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy addressed a business luncheon hosted by PwC Mexico, aimed at promoting India-Mexico trade & economic ties. Representatives of about twenty Indian companies that have a presence in Mexico also attended the event.