24 May 2012

Speaker: Ms. Alicia Buenrostro Massieu, Consulate General of Mexico on Modern Mexico

President Martin was the Birthday boy today and PE Michael presented him a little cake and a bottle of red wine for a Birthday gift.

The speaker today was Ms. Alicia Buenrostro Massieu, Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong and Macau.  The Consul General came to give us a brief introduction of Mexico: its people, economy, and culture.  Mexico officially is known as the United Mexican States is a federal constitutional republic in North America. Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the thirteenth largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 113 million, it is the eleventh most populous country and the most populous Spanish-speaking country. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

Mexico has one of the world’s largest economies, and is considered both a regional power and middle power. In addition, Mexico was the first Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD (since 1994), and considered an upper-middle income country by the World Bank. Mexico is considered a newly industrialized country and an emerging power. It has the thirteenth largest nominal GDP and the eleventh largest by purchasing power parity. The economy is strongly linked to those of its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, especially the United States. Mexico ranks fifth in the world and first in the Americas by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 31, and in 2007 was the tenth most visited country in the world with 21.4 million international arrivals per year. 

Consul General Buenrostro Massieu also talked about the many tourism opportunities in Mexico, including historic Mayan ruins, wonderful beaches, world-class golf courses and varied and delicious cuisine.

Our Sergeant collected HK$1,030 for raffle and fines.  The raffle included a very good bottle of tequila and nacho chips.