At the premises of the Embassy of the United Mexican States in Warsaw, on Wednesday 04.03.2020, the team from The Warsaw Institute Review (WIR) held another ‘Duologue’ meeting, making it the 2nd in 2020 and the 13th in the series overall.
HE Mr Alejandro Negrín Muñoz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Mexican States to the Republic of Poland and Mr. Pablo Lozano, Deputy Head of Mission kindly hosted Editor-in-Chief Ms. Izabela Wojtyczka, WIR Advisor Mr. Alexander Wielgos, and the two newest additions of the WIR office: Mr. Jarosław Walkowicz and Ms. Małgorzata Cichal at the premises of the Embassy.
Poland and Mexico established diplomatic relations in 1928, displaying a non-conflict relationship through history. The commitment of both sides in democratic values, human rights and social responsibility as well as well-established economic positions in the region support increasingly furthering bilateral cooperation.
It is worth mentioning that Mexico was one of the first countries to support Poland’s candidacy for rotating membership of the UN Security Council in 2018. The Presidents of both countries maintain regular dialogue on regional and global aspects through political and economic consultations. In 2017, during President Andrzej Duda’s visit to Mexico, the trade office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) was established in Mexico City, alongside a common declaration that established notions “Towards a Strategic Partnership between Poland and Mexico”. In this, remarkable progress has been made since its inception in 2017, with some areas moving faster and more swiftly than others.
During the Duologue at the Embassy, HE the Ambassador emphasised that economic and academic cooperation should be a high priority in furthering the partnership. The exchange of technical knowledge as well as experience in various fields is imperative for mutually beneficial development of bilateral relations. As this lines are written, Poland remains Mexico’s first trade partner in Eastern Europe with increasing trade values in automotive sector.
The discussion also highlighted the importance played on unique traditional customs and values of both Poland and Mexico celebrated amiably in both countries. For ‘El Día de los Muertos’, an ‘ofrenda’ with a picture is set up to celebrate a person’s joys and life who is no longer with us. There are various historic cultural figures which are tied to both Poland and Mexico, as well as the memory of many Polish refugees taken into Mexico during WW2.
Towards the concluding parts of the Duologue, the sides of WIR and the Embassy explored potential further cooperation as to contribute to the development of Polish-Mexican relations on various levels, enhance their successes, and creatively strive for the future of both nations.