MEXICO CITY, 20th July 2015.- The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, conferred the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in degree of Plaque, to The Lord Mayor of The City of London, Alan Yarrow.


The distinction was presented during a working visit in Mexico, from 19th – 22th July, in the framework of the strengthening of the bilateral relation Mexico-UK, focusing particularly in promoting financial and commercial sectors.


During the ceremony, the Mexican Foreign Secretary highlighted the interest of both countries in boosting the economic relation, give impetus to trade, include small and medium industries in both British and Mexican markets and increase investment in the following years.


The Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle is the highest recognition granted by the Mexican government to foreign citizens for their contributions to the development of knowledge and for their service to our country, one of the notable recipients who have been bestowed in the past is HM Queen Elizabeth II -in degree of Collar- in 1973.


During the meeting, Meade and Yarrow discussed the political and economic situation in the UK, in the light of the general elections held in May 2015, during the Dual Year, an initiative that has contributed significantly to promote greater cooperation between the two countries through numerous cultural, artistic, educational, touristic, economic activities, as well as the main issues on the bilateral relation.


They acknowledged the progress on trade and investment through the implementation of economic development initiatives such as the High Level Economic Group, established in the framework of the State Visit to the United Kingdom of President Enrique Peña Nieto; the UK-Mexico Trade Task Force and the VII High Level Economic Talks held in London on 9th and 10th July.


The Chancellor recalled the goal of doubling bilateral trade to USD $7 billion (£ 4.2 billion) and increase to 500,000 the number of British tourists traveling to Mexico during 2015, designated as the Year of Mexico in the UK and the Year of the UK in Mexico.


It is noteworthy to mention that the last four who previously presided as Lord Mayor of the City of London had visited Mexico. During the State Visit to the United Kingdom in March 2015, President Enrique Peña Nieto met with Mr. Yarrow.


Additionally on 9th February, accompanied by the Secretary of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Foreign Secretary Meade met with the Lord Mayor of the City of London Alan Yarrow, who acknowledged that Mexico is attractive for entrepreneurs and British investors, since the structural reforms were recently approved by Congress and also welcomed the leadership role of Mexico in the conformation of The Pacific Alliance, as a modern mechanism to promote the mobility of goods, services, persons and capital, as well as to improve trade with the Asia-Pacific region.


In economic terms, the UK is the sixth largest trading partner and the fourth investor of Mexico among the countries of the European Union. UK investment in Mexico, between 1999 and 2014, increased to more than USD $9.3 billion, mainly in the finance and insurance sector as well as mining and manufacturing industry.