Social & Cultural News : ASEAN Committee in Mexico City’s visit to the State of Queretaro,  United Mexican States news3

Social & Cultural News : ASEAN Committee in Mexico City’s visit to the State of Queretaro, United Mexican States

               On 12 October 2017, the Royal Thai Embassy in Mexico City, together with the other four Embassies of ASEAN countries in Mexico City, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, which form the ASEAN Committee in Mexico City (ACMC), jointly visited the State of Queretaro, United Mexican States, in order to explore opportunities for economic cooperation between Mexico and those ASEAN countries and study Mexico’s aerospace potential. The delegation held productive meetings with representatives from the Government of the State of Queretaro, namely, Mr. Francisco Domínguez Servién, Governor, Mr. Marco A. Del Prete T., Minister of Sustainable Development, Mr. Tonatiuh Cervantes Curiel, Minister of Agricultural Development, as well as representatives of the Center for Engineering and Industrial Development (CIDESI) and the Aeronautic University of Queretaro (UNAQ).
                 The State of Queretaro is located in the central region of Mexico, with a population of approximately 2 million people. In 2015, its economic growth rate was 7.68%, and in the third quarter of this year, 6%. Compared to other states in Mexico, Queretaro attracts the most FDI. The State’s outstanding potentials are in the fields of (1) Aerospace: Queretaro is the world’s 4th exporter of aircraft components. Over 30 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) -- such as the Canadian Bombardier, the Spanish Aernnova and the French Airbus Helicopters -- and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers in the aeronautics industry have come to invest in the State; and (2) Automotive/Auto parts: Because Queretaro is located near states with automotive OEMs, such as the State of Guanajuato where Mazda and Honda plants are located, and the State of Puebla where VW and Audi plants are established, more than 270 Tier 1 and 2 suppliers have come to invest in the Queretaro.  
                   This visit provided an opportunity to expand networking between the 5 ASEAN countries with embassies in Mexico and Mexico’s public sector, as well as academic institutes/centers. It also resulted in firsthand information for the delegation regarding economic potential of important States in Mexico, especially in the sectors of aerospace and automotive/auto parts, in which Thailand is especially interested as part of the 10 targeted Future Industries.