Mexico Celebrates 207 Years of Independence

Photo: JIS Photographer Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber (right) is joined by the Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck (left) as she proposes a toast to her country’s bilateral relations with Jamaica. The occasion was a reception held on Thursday (September 14) at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, to commemorate the 207th anniversary of Mexico’s Independence.

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  • Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810.
  • Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.
  • He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures.

Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810.

“Mexico has made significant strides in providing for the welfare of its people, ranking now in the top echelons of the world’s leading free market economies and surely a model worthy of emulation by developing countries, like Jamaica,” he said.

Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.

He said that Mexico can also be proud of its cultural prowess which it has shared with the rest of the world.

“This rich, vibrant and cultural heritage which has been preserved and sustained by generations of Mexicans bare similarities with Jamaica’s own culture through our shared love of vibrant music, football and flavourful food,” he said.

He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures.

The Minister said there is a need for further cultural cooperation between both countries, particularly within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last year between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal.

Last year the Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Hon. Olivia Grange signed a MOU between Jamaica and Mexico to symbolize a commitment between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal to work towards the enhancement and development of the cultural and creative industries.

In her remarks, Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber spoke of the many partnership agreements between Jamaica and Mexico in the areas of science and technology, education and culture.

She said that the collaboration would not only be in those areas but also in the area of sports.

“With regard to sports, Mexico has much to learn from the illustrious achievements of Jamaican athletes throughout the years. As such we expect to sign an agreement that will allow greater exchange with Jamaica and its world renowned sports community,” she informed.

Ambassador Jaber said that Mexico recognizes Jamaica as an important partner and a driving force for the development of the Caribbean.

Jamaica and Mexico established diplomatic relations in March 1965.

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