Ambassador of Mexico to the Philippines Daniel Hernández Joseph delivered a lecture for the Area Security Studies module of the Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) program on 31 January 2024 at the NDCP Honor Hall, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Ambassador Joseph met and was received by the College’s officials and faculty led by the NDCP President, LtGen Ferdinand M Cartujano PAF (Ret).
The lecture centered on Mexico as a case study for the Latin American region. It is the twelfth largest economy in the world with a thriving manufacturing industry, particularly in the electronics and information technology production lines. Ambassador Joseph highlighted the significance of Mexico’s proactive participation on the world stage as a middle power: it maintains very close relations with the U.S., and it is an important player and partner in the Organization of American States, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, the Mercado Común del Sur or MERCOSUR, and the MIKTA, or Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia, among others.
On bilateral relations, he underscored the shared values and positions of Mexico and the Philippines on global issues: rules-based world order, peaceful resolution of disputes, development through international cooperation, and nuclear non-proliferation.
Ultimately, the exchange of views between Ambassador Joseph and the members of MNSA Regular Class 59 explored the many potentials for boosting bilateral cooperation between Mexico and the Philippines, particularly in the areas of combating organized crimes, fostering military cooperation, reviving cultural ties, expanding educational and scientific exchanges, and advancing greater support for and participation in free trade.
by Clarence Anne C Legaspi, Training Specialist I