Fredrik Reinfeldt visits Mexico
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Trade Ewa Björling travel to Mexico today. The Prime Minister will have bilateral talks with President Enrique Peña Nieto, address a business seminar on innovation and give a speech on the economic situation in Europe.
This is the first visit by a Swedish prime minister to Mexico in nearly 30 years. What are you going to do there?
"The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between Sweden and Mexico, by promoting trade between our countries and in other ways. Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. It has an open and growing economy and is ranked among the world's 20 hottest growth markets. Swedish companies are increasingly keen to do business in Mexico. This is why Minister for Trade Ewa Björling is taking part in the visit, along with a business delegation," says Mr Reinfeldt.
How are relations between Sweden and Mexico?
"Sweden and Mexico cooperate closely on a range of international issues. For example, we work together on human rights in the UN, in the international climate change negotiations and in the area of disarmament. Mexico is also Sweden's second-largest export market in Latin America, after Brazil, and around 100 Swedish or Sweden-related companies are active in the country. The trade agreement with the EU has been one of the factors behind increased trade between Sweden and Mexico," says Mr Reinfeldt.
What is the most important issue you intend to raise in your talks with President Enrique Peña Nieto?
"We will discuss how we can help promote growth and employment in our countries by developing our bilateral cooperation. We will also discuss the economic situation in the world in general, focusing on developments in Europe and Latin America. There are areas in which Swedish companies have particular know-how and expertise that I think may be of interest to Mexico. This includes transport and telecom, but also health, to mention just a few sectors. I will be raising this in our talks," says Mr Reinfeldt.