President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is currently on an official visit to Mexico, the first official visit to the country by an Icelandic president, where he has sensed great interest to cooperate on harnessing geothermal energy, fishing and scientific research.
Grímsson has discussed such cooperation with President of Mexico Felipe Calderón and in Grímsson’s speech in a reception ceremony on Tuesday he said that his arrival in Mexico marks a turning point for cooperation between the two countries, Fréttabladid reports.
Iceland’s president explained in his speech how a nation can create an economy based on clean energy within a short time span and that it was time for Iceland to offer Mexico their technological expertise and experience in harnessing sustainable energy.
“Our countries can cooperate in other ways too, like by encouraging creative culture, establishing technological and scientific co-operational projects and strengthening the relations between our universities,” Grímsson said in a luncheon later in the day.
Ties between the two countries have been established; Iceland’s Minister of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, who is accompanying the president, and Mexico’s Minister of Finance Augustin Carstens have already signed an agreement of the abolishment of double taxation.
Yesterday, Gunnarsdóttir was present when an agreement between Reykjavík University and universities in Mexico, which are also connected to American and Canadian universities, on increased cooperation on research, innovation and science.
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