By Maya M. Padillo
The recent visit of Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines, Julio Camarena will pave the way for increased trading of agriculture products between Mexico and Davao, Honorary Consul of Mexico, Dr. Maria Lourdes Monteverde said.
Camarena visited Malagos Garden Resort where he donated a book on Manila-Acapulco that served as proof of the trading of agricultural products especially cacao.
“When we talked of cacao not only cacao for chocolate but also madre de cacao, avocado, aswete and those products from Mexico,” Monteverde said.
Monteverde said what the Ambassador did was unique from other foreign diplomats who have visited Davao.
“This is reconnecting the roots of our ties and that is through agricultural products. It was so exciting for the Ambassador to come over because now he got to appreciate what the country has been doing and is now on its direction with having a President that is a Mindanaoan,” she said.
Monteverde said the Mexican government through the Ambassador was able to see that there are a lot of investment opportunities specifically those that are being done with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
“He (Ambassador) was so amazed that there’s this government agency (MinDA) that assists the investors and he got so excited because Mexico is into a lot of trade agreements. From the many that we have this is one country with the most numbers of agreements,” she said.
Monteverde added that global changes in economy and strategic positioning of the two countries and the developments in America and Asia opened opportunities for Mexican investors in the ASEAN.
She said Camarena also met with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (DCCCII) and was able to come up with possible partnerships for events as well as discussing investment opportunities.
“So they looked into energy, renewable energies, telecommunications, and the key that makes Mexico so special is because they have that cultural exchange like having Davao connected to Acapulco that is the Galleon trade,” she said.
Camarena has reiterated that the most important thing that they want to see in the Philippines is reliving the Galleon Trade tradition. He said the gain that they are hoping to achieve is to boost investment opportunities here and strengthen diplomatic relationship.
“The strength that we have between Mexico and the Philippines 500 years ago I think we are going to do it again in our current state. We are extremely high in reciprocating investments and 6.8 dollars of the Mexican companies are perfect example of that,” he said.