Is Mexico following China’s suit and trying to make inroads into Africa’s natural resources? With its new position as permanent observer of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), Mexico has direct relations with the officials of each West African member state in the economic union. Such member states include oil giants like Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, and budding oil producers like Ghana.
From the Nigerian newspaper This Day: “With the reopening of the Embassy of Mexico to Nigeria in October 2008, Mexico is pushing forward its relations with the country and all the other countries of the Sub-Saharan region, exploring all the possibilities in order to boost the bilateral relations with each one of them, especially on the economic-commercial sector.”
Ideally, it will be a mutually beneficial relationship. Though China’s own involvement in Africa is murky, at best.
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