A tequila toast will be in order to bid farewell to Mexico’s dynamic Consul General, Alicia Buenrostro-Massieu. She has been appointed Ambassador to Austria, pending approval by the Mexican Senate. The announcement was made on the government website gob.mx (see here) and the Consulate has no comment pending the approval process.
A vibrant community has supported her ambitious agenda of events to build trade connections with Mexico and introduce Mexican culture to a broader swathe of the Hong Kong population, both among the elites and with the broader population. Her popularity in the Mexican, diplomatic and broader Hong Kong community is a testament to her energy, commitment and charm in promoting the Mexican mission.
Ms Buenrostro-Massieu’s sharp rise has taken in London, Madrid and Washington en route to Hong Kong and now, an ambassadorial post. She spoke this week about her experience as a diplomat on Women’s International Day at Bright Hong Kong, charting out the highs and lows faced by female diplomats. The loneliness many hard driving, fast rising diplomats women diplomats experience may see them make sacrifices in the area of family and children. One reason Hong Kong will always be dear to her heart was that she met her future – now current – husband here in Hong Kong – a rarity among diplomats in this hard charging city.
Not America’s Mexico. Mexico’s Mexico.
Much of the cultural exposure has defied stereotypes perpetuated by American media. The Consul General moved into expansive new premises during her tenure, reflecting Mexico’s growing economic stature and commitment to Hong Kong, China and the region. The space includes an event-friendly art gallery reception that has been a whirlwind of events that have showed crowds a different side of Mexico.
Mexico’s national poet, Octavio Paz was celebrated in a new book, Desde Hong Kong, a collaboration between Hong Kong and Mexican poets. Officials that were able to share in this introduction to Mexico’s soul included the Chief Executive and many of his cabinet, on the occasion of Mexico’s national day.
Mireya Garcia, founder and Creative Director of Maya Events, has collaborated with the Consulate on many occasions. “Alicia always brought a deep thoughtfulness to ensure that events were not only a fantastically good time – they always are! – but was mindful of achieving Mexico’s goals in building reputation and connections to help the Mexican people,” explains Ms Garcia.
Viva Mexican business
On business and trade, One of the big announcements in recent years was the launch of Cathay Pacific’s cargo flights to Guadalajara, a whopping success according to Mexico.
Mexico and Hong Kong signed an IP agreement, participated in the Hong Kong book fair to promote Mexican literature, and facilitated a visit by Greg So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, to Mexico City.
The rise of The Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, led by German Munoz-Diaz and then José C Bezanilla, saw it host a series of successful networking breakfasts with star speakers at the Ritz Carlton.
German Munoz-Dias says, ¨Today and thanks to her efforts, robust and growing economic ties are making a better life for the people of our two countries. Without her talent and dedication, The Mexican Chamber of Commerce would not have arrived where it is today: a valued member of the international business community in Hong Kong.¨
The Chamber has been accepted to the IBC, the quarterly meeting group between Hong Kong’s leading international Chambers (and the HKGCC) and the HKSAR administration.
Firms like CWCC, the leading accounting and advisory firm for Latin America in Hong Kong, have been staunch supporters of the growth of connections and Ms Buenrostro-Massieu’s efforts at the Consulate.
Thomas Wong, partner at CWCC expounds on her network building ability in Mexico’s service, “She is gracious and above all, she always thinks of the link – Mexico to Hong Kong and China.”
Read the full Harbour Times profile on Alicia Buenrostro here.