“Fit for Business with Mexico” to start soon

The Manager Training Programme (MP) with Mexico is developing at a rapid pace. The Latin American country has only been a partner in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s (BMWi) programme for three years; it has not even been two years since the bilateral cooperation was sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding in Cologne. And now – just one and a half years later – the next step is to follow: German entrepreneurs will soon be able to participate in training in Mexico. After Russia and China, this lays the foundation for the third programme for German executives from middle and upper management levels. Already in 2017, “Fit for Business with Mexico” is to open its doors to German companies interested in the Mexican market. This was agreed by government representatives of both countries when the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto visited Hamburg.

Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, acknowledged the cooperation so far within the framework of the MP. “Today we have been able to progress further with the training programme for executives, which was launched in 2013”, the minister said. “Over 100 young Mexicans have already participated in the programme in Germany, and now German managers from small and medium-sized enterprises will be participating in a training programme in Mexico for the first time in 2017.” Gabriel sees the objective of the programme in enabling German and Mexican SMEs to become better acquainted with the respective corporate worlds and to tap into new business opportunities.

But that is not all. A pilot programme of the Mexican partner INADEM is a novelty in the history of the MP. INADEM wants to arrange a competition among the first three years’ alumni to identify the three best cooperation projects with German companies. In an intermediate step, a video conference with German chambers, trade associations and companies is planned. Here ten alumni whose projects have received the best ratings can get advice from German experts, who have a lot of practical experience, in order to improve their business plans for the cooperation projects. In the final phase, three winners will be nominated in coordination with the German side; they will receive financial support from the Mexican partner for the implementation of their projects.