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Sweden sets sights on Mexico exports

TT/The Local/pvs · 9 May 2011, 16:41

Published: 09 May 2011 16:41 GMT+02:00

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The push for exports to the country of over one hundred million people will come under the auspices of the Kosmopolit project, which is the government's scheme to utilise the expertise of immigrant business owners.

"There are a large number who speak Spanish and come from that part of the world," said Ewa Björling to the TT news agency.

Björling placed particular emphasis on the potential for development within energy, IT and telecom companies.

Mexico is a major importer of goods and service, of which Sweden accounts for only a small part.

Björling on Monday launched Kosmopolit Merchant - a new business concept to boost Swedish exports.

"Our new Swedes with immigrant backgrounds are an important resource to help boost trade. Every fifth company which is launched in Sweden is started by a person born overseas," she said.

Kosmopolit Merchant is the second stage in the Kosmopolit project which was launched by the government in 2007.

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"It has been a successful initiative and it is now time to take the project to the next phase," Björling said at a seminar in Stockholm.

The Kosmopolit concept unites the expertise of the companies in international trade with the Export Council's expertise in accessing more growth markets with a view to boosting Swedish exports.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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21:49 May 9, 2011 by swedejane
Well this makes perfect business sense. Why wouldn't a nation like Sweden, with high tax rates and a high standard of living, not export to Mexico...a third-world country with a majority in poverty. I'm sure there are loads of mexicans lining up to buy expensive Volvos and Hasselblad cameras. Especially given that the peso is one of the few currencies in the world doing worse than the dollar. Good move!
01:30 May 10, 2011 by Infart
Sweden should be looking to import some hard-working, honest Mexican citizens to fill their asylum-seeker/refugee quotas rather than....well....you know who.
03:41 May 10, 2011 by marcelj
Since drug cartels own and run mexico, they could use some more guns and knives. This is like exporting to somalia. what do you think the ganglords would like. Are you for real? Earth calling mars earth calling mars. Mexico is a basket case third world primitive loser country. good luck. Catch a clue. geez.
07:43 May 10, 2011 by SaraMx

You're the real loser.

Mexico is a great country with great people. Sadly, as almost any country in Latin America, it's suffering for corruption and drugs, but that doesn't change the preference of the people, because anyone who has traveled to Mexico once, eventually goes back again. Mexican people is welcoming and nice and it's the 10th most visited country in the world.

People in Mexico is not primitive at all, I can bet that ANY person here who has visited my country has been treated better than any tourist or immigrant who comes to Sweden.


Not everything in the world is $$$. Culture, tradition and human quality are more important than that.
08:37 May 10, 2011 by 7an

Volvo has been in Mexico for several years together with most of european car brands. Also, don't forget that in Mexico exists a big economic inequality example of that is that one of the richest men in the world is mexican.

@SaraMx and marcelj

The big economic inequality existing in Mexico has not stop THE BIG MAJORITY of people for being friendly and welcome everyone. Why dont we measure the develpe of a country in a different scale such tolerance, respect, adaptability, acceptability, more social skills that might reflect other kind of evolution... compare now
08:50 May 10, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
Ewa Björling has just discovered the luke warm water, hamburgers and the hole for doughnuts, plus the black thread.

Swedish companies have been in my country for more than hundred year, like Ericsson. There are others like Asea, Fläkt, Atlas Copco, Sandvik, Volvo, Alfa Laval, etc, etc, who have enjoyed the facilities given by my country to do business. In 1992, the Swedish-Mexican Chamber of Commerce was inaugurated.

Björling placed particular emphasis on the potential for development within energy, IT and telecom companies. Jesus Christ! How stupid can she be, because, as I mentioned, Ericsson started in México in 1905. Does Björling thinks they were dedicated to sell Swedish meatballs or Aquavit?

Björling belongs to the elite of Swedish politicians that opens their mouths before thinking what they will say. I do not know if she has ever been in my country, because if she had been, the least she should have learned is how to be warm, friendly, funny, smart and witty, nod dumb and retarded like she seems to be and that she has proven to be over and over again in Sweden. When I read what she proposes, she seems to be Carin Jämtin's relative. Good Lord! Some people's children!
09:59 May 10, 2011 by bs3eggs
sounds like a great idea especially with all the sustainability investment going into mexico city atm.
16:58 May 10, 2011 by ccb

You should ignore swedejane and marcelj. Clearly they know nothing about Mexico and have a total myopic view of the world and of economics. Mexico is a beautiful culturally rich country with wonderful helpful people and a myriad of activities and the things to do. It also has most of the modern conveniences of any major city so I see no issue with doing more business there, Having all the money you want is much different to living and enjoying life, Only the cold and bitter would say something like "Mexico is a basket case third world primitive loser country".
17:01 May 12, 2011 by helveeta
@Infart, do you think Mexicans are hard-working and honest? Let's say bring them here and give them a little taste of bidrag and I assure you they won't be picking strawberries anytime soon again. Also Sweden has enough alcoholics.
07:52 May 13, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Swedish politicians jock powerful countries like the US, Britain, Germany, China. The US has lots of issues with Mexico, therefore Swedish politicians want to hump Mexico.
23:31 June 25, 2011 by agsz5
Great! Perfect timing. I'll finally be able to import enough "Mole" paste to open that restaurant I once thought of. Future's shinning bright, man
19:22 August 14, 2011 by juanabanana
It is true that drugs are a problem mainly in border states of Mexico with USA, however Mexico does not sell weapons to make up its budget to sustain lazy people like many i know in Sweden. Add 10 million people more to this fragil economy and the system collapses and no more sucking from the swedish government bob.

It is true that around 25 % of population lives in poverty, but only 10% in extreme poverty. However, poverty in mexico is not the same to poverty some other countries.

If I was a swedish I would respect a country like Mexico, where culture, traditions,food, weather, beaches, people are by far different to swedish. Those of us who have live in sweden for many years really know the many pros and many cons of Sweden and for sure both countries could enrich each other in exchange of knowledge and culture. Love Sweden though as much as I love mexico. I just dislike uneducated people to do not seem to widen their view even with free education.
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