Kuwait Ambassador Visits BC (Tijuana Press, 1/3/13 by Vicente Calderón)

Tijuana, BC - The Ambassador of Kuwait in Mexico, Sameeh Johar Hayat, was on tour in Baja California this Thursday. The Arab diplomat met with the Governor of the State, the Municipal President and local entrepreneurs. Subsequently he held a press conference with the representatives in an atmosphere of cordiality and explained to local media that his visit seeks, not only to establish business opportunities between both countries, but other meeting points between companies in Kuwait and Mexico.

The Ambassador said that since visiting Mexico in 2010 various issues sparked his interest and he transmitted both to his government and private initiatives in Kuwait. The topics ranged from organic products of the entity to the possibility to manufacturing aircraft in the Mexican Republic.

"The languages and distance are not problems" said the diplomat. Speaking in Arabic and wearing traditional attire the extraordinary Ambassador and his group said they are seeking to become strategic partners of Mexico and also increase their cultural and academic exchanges.

"There are 7,000 Kuwaitis in United States in academic exchange programs," he commented with the help of translator Mohamed Zabady. "We want to double our exchanges with the Mexicans." He said that he was sorry to comment on it, but that the commercial exchange between Mexico and Kuwait was very small, so there is intensive work to explore new opportunities.

Kuwait is a rich country and its population has the third highest income in all the planet explained the Ambassador. Oil is their main source of income since it is considered to have the fifth largest oil reserves worldwide. The small nation once was ruled by England, achieved its independence in 1961 and is currently a cosmopolitan nation of more than 3 million inhabitants, a third of whom are foreigners.

The Ambassador said that he chose to wear his traditional attire because the encounter with the Bajacaliforniana community is considered very important. He said he has found many similarities between the Mexican culture and his won, where both strongly value the family nucleus.

There are some 300 Mexicans married to Kuwaitis and many Mexicans in his country mainly work in the oil and health sectors. There are also Mexicans working in such areas as technology and computing. States like Veracruz, Durango and the federal district have already begun talks to establish joint development projects there. Although there is no defined date, an “Expo Mexico-Kuwait” is already in preparation to open doors between the Middle East and Baja California entrepreneurs, and Mexicans in general. The Kuwaiti Government seeks to explore the possibility of investing in Mexican infrastructure such as ports in the oil sector if the opportunity presents itself. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8565:embajador-de-kuwait-visita-baja-california&catid=36:internacionales&Itemid=2

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