MANCHESTER, UK, July 9, 2014. - In order to promote academic and scientific ties with Manchester, the Ambassador of Mexico held a series of meetings with representatives of companies and institutions in the city, as well as meeting Mexican academics and students.

The Ambassador met Professor Colin Bailey, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the University of Manchester and with Dr Maria Teresa Alonso, professor of biomaterials at the University, with whom he confirmed the close relationship that Mexico maintains with their educational institution, which is currently the destination of choice for the largest number of Mexican graduate students.

They also talked about the activities which will take place at the University in collaboration with the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) to celebrate 2015, officially designated as the "Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom and of the United Kingdom in Mexico".

The Mexican diplomat also spoke with members of the Mexican Society of Students of Manchester and the University’s Latin American Postgraduate Programme on Mexico’s current transformation and its role as an emerging economy.

He explained to them that international expectations about Mexico today are very high and the UK is no exception, focussing mainly on the outcome of the structural reforms that include essential changes in key sectors such as increased competition in telecommunications, labour market flexibility, higher quality of public education, more progressive taxation mechanisms, a more transparent political system and a more competitive energy sector.

A major focus of Gomez-Pickering’s two day trip on 4th and 5th of June was a visit to the ENER-G Natural Power company where he met founder Tim Scott, who noted that his company, which is seen as one of the most relevant in the field of renewable energy and the reduction of energy consumption and which already has operations in many parts of the world, is currently increasing its activities in Mexico.