Allied Vehicles’ co-chairman, Gerry Facenna, has been appointed as Honorary Consul for Mexico in Scotland. The post aims to strengthen economic, cultural, academic and tourist links between the two countries.
The new post is authorised by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Diego Gomez-Pickering, inaugurated Mr. Facenna as Honorary Consul in a ceremony at Glasgow City Chambers, before representatives of the Mexican community, regional and local officials and special guests from the Scottish government and business community.
Mr Gomez-Pickering acknowledged the successful career of the new Consul and said he looked forward to further opportunities for the two countries to do business together.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Facenna affirmed his commitment to growing bilateral trade – already worth almost £5 billion and including 1,400 companies – particularly in the finance, mining, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors.
Mr Facenna said: “I am honoured to take up the role of Honorary Consul and look forward to promoting trading relationships and opportunities for both Mexico and Scotland, as well as furthering travel and cultural links between the two countries.”
To mark the new appointment a series of activities was initiated focused on promoting trade, academic exchange and dissemination of historical and cultural heritage. The new Honorary Consul will continue to promote these activities, to the benefit of Mexico and Scotland.
Glasgow Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, welcomed the appointment of Mr Facenna, as well as the opening of the new Honorary Consulate of Mexico.
The Lord Provost commented: “There are enormous opportunities to further develop economic and cultural ties between Scotland and Mexico. It’s hugely encouraging to have one of Glasgow’s most successful businessmen appointed to drive these opportunities.”
As part of the working visit, Ambassador Gomez-Pickering held a meeting with business representatives, organised by ProMexico and the Regional Office of the Mexican Tourism Board. This addressed a range of bi-lateral trade opportunities. Afterwards, the Ambassador opened a photographic exhibition at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, entitled ‘Sir Weetman Pearson’s Legacy in Mexico’s Oil Industry’.
Mr. Facenna joins a network of Honorary Consulates recently established in the cities of Belfast, Cardiff and Manchester and will work in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy in London.
Our picture shows Ambassador Diego Gomex-Pickering, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Honorary Consul Gerry Facenna and Anibal Gomez Toledo, Head of Consular Office.