The governments of Mexico and the UK have reached an agreement that will see both countries share cultural ties, boosting both the status of each country amongst the other's inhabitants, and a burgeoning relationship between the two states.
The agreement, which will see 2015 named “the Year of the UK in Mexico” and “the year of Mexico in the UK” was signed by UK Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, during a meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, this week.
A programme of cultural events and initiatives to promote the creative and innovative industries will be designed between the two states, while joint participation in international cultural festivals and conferences will help to strengthen ties and exchange key information.
Both states will strive to provide the widest possible depiction of the cultures of their countries, providing a representation of their true geographical, ethnic and creative diversity. Furthermore the programmes will include events related to other industries, including education and science, as well as culture and innovation.
This agreement comes in light of a previous commitment between the UK and Mexico to boost tourism between the two countries. In July 2012, VisitBritain and the Mexican Ministry of Tourism signed a document committing to promoting both countries in order to encourage more visitors to the UK from Mexico, and vice versa. At the time, around 78,000 Mexicans visited Britain every year, while 300,000 Britons per year flew to Mexico (with around 92 per cent of those doing so for a holiday).
The governments of both Mexico and the UK will be hoping that this new agreement further strengthens the ties between the two countries.