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Message from the Chief Representative

Since the foundation in March 1973 as Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency (OTCA) Mexico Office, we have been emerging with other governmental institutions to now become the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We have helped to solve several development issues which Mexico has faced through our Official Development Assistance schemes such as Technical Cooperation, ODA Loan and Grant Aid, etc.

The development issues that we have been working on vary in many fields, such as industrial development, technological industrial education, natural resources and energy, economic infrastructure, environment, disaster prevention, agricultural/rural development, public health, etc.

Recently, Mexico has experienced an increase in foreign investment in the automotive industry with the backing of good access to the North American market and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2005 the Economic Association Agreement between Japan and Mexico entered into force and the number of Japanese companies in Mexico increased to more than 1100 in 2016, building a firm economic relationship between both countries.

Under this Japanese-Mexican relationship, we have developed a cooperation strategy to further deepen the bilateral relationship and to provide assistance for the development of Mexico. The main topics are (1) the promotion of the industry, in particular, assistance for the promotion of small and medium enterprises or the supporting industry and (2) JMPP (Japan Mexico Partnership Programme), through which we collaborate with various Mexican institutions as partners to provide solutions to the development issues of the Latin American and Caribbean region and those of the global scale.

JICA cooperates in various ways with Mexican institutions with the collaboration of the Japanese descendant society or Nikkei which has a long history in Mexico, private companies, local governments, universities and other Japanese organizations that participate in international cooperation activities.

Please take a time to look into our website to learn more about JICA's cooperation in Mexico. Thank you very much for your attention.

MATSUMOTO Hitoshi
General Director
JICA Mexico Office

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