2015 will be an exceptional year for the relationship between Mexico and the United Kingdom. It will be a year of extensive, diverse and stimulating exchanges between Mexican and British people in terms of art, culture, science, the academic sector, business and tourism. With a diplomatic relationship going back almost 190 years, Mexico and the United Kingdom have strong ties that derive from our great similarities; the 2015 Dual Year Mexico-United Kingdom will continue to strengthen these bonds and create new relationships between our people.
The Dual Year is backed up with a strong cultural program that will be presented in different cities within the four countries of the United Kingdom. Through strategic design and an interdisciplinary model, Mexico will highlight its rich history and traditions and its contribution to contemporary art in the global scene; the dynamism of its creative industries through cinema, architecture and design as well as its commitment to the emerging talents of new generations.
During 2015 we will underpin Mexico’s relationship with the United Kingdom in the academic field in order to achieve sustained benefits in the long term.
Mexico and the United Kingdom will sign an Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees that will benefit around 170,000 highly qualified people in both countries. Through the Fund Newton we will foster scientific and academic exchange so as to take advantage of the strengths of both countries.
Mexico will be promoted as a dynamic country and an ideal destination for investment from the United Kingdom, particularly in areas of high interest such as energy. Forums for business will be set up, including the Business Forum, and reciprocal visits of business delegations will take place in order to promote opportunities to increase trade between our countries. Mexico will be a guest country at one of the most important tourism fairs in the world (The World Travel Market) and it will actively promote its gastronomy in the United Kingdom to show why this was designated as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
2015 will mark the beginning of the construction of a legacy that will endure for the long term.