Pres. Fox's Visit to Strengthen ROK-Mexico Ties the State Visit That H. E. President Vicente Fox Quesada Will Make to the Republic of Korea on June 3-5 Is an Excellent Opportunity for Two Modern Nations with a Rich and Millenary Heritage to Strengthen Their Ties and Friendship towards a Strategic Relationship
Mexicans today have a renewed optimism and a renewed commitment to democracy, clearly showing its central role in the promotion of human and economic development. The elections of last July in Mexico, the most closely fought over and cleanest in our history, were a triumph, a triumph for the entire society, and ushered in a new stage in Mexico's history, unleashing enormous positive energy.
Mexico is today a stronger nation, more respected and recognized around all nations. It presents itself to the world with an active foreign policy that on firmly rooted principles promotes our presence at the international arena. We promote the strengthening of the links in our Continent, in Europe, Asia and Africa. The Mexican diplomacy has proven its success and efficiency.
Mexico has become an export power in the world. Last year our country exports to international markets were over $160 billion. Our exports have been one of the most effective engines to create jobs and for the recovery of wages. That is the reason why we have displayed a strategy of diplomatic and economic negotiations with no precedents in intensity and diversity. This strategy has two important axles: the defense of our principles of foreign policy and the promotion of national interests.
Mexico has signed free trade agreements with 27 countries. Given the economic importance and the range of our agreements, it is possible to assert that no other country in the world has a similar network of agreements that allows access for its products to so many domestic markets.
Mexico's foreign policy gives priority to its relations with the Republic of Korea. In this new Millennium, Mexico and Korea are working in consolidating a strategic relationship. In the economic field, Korea is today the second and fastest investor in Mexico from the Pacific Rim. A new Agreement of Promotion and Protection of Investment was recently signed to foster and increase our transactions. In April, Mexico's Foreign Trade Bank (BANCOMEXT) signed an agreement with the Korean International Trade Association, which will certainly develop synergies in the area of trade.
Both countries are eager to increase the bilateral cooperation in areas such as market access, trade and investment cooperation, economic and financial cooperation, fisheries, communications, science and technology cooperation. …