Final day in Mexico
The activities on Thursday, 19 March were largely directed toward the petroleum industry. Crown Prince Haakon paid a visit to a production ship in the Gulf of Mexico and the Crown Princess opened a seminar highlighting Norwegian-Mexican cooperation in the energy sector.
In the Gulf of Mexico
Crown Prince Haakon visited an FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel) along with the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen and others. Although the vessel is owned by PEMEX, Mexicos state-owned oil company, 80 per cent of the equipment on board is Norwegian, and the ship is operated by BW Offshore, a leading maritime company based in Norway.
Mexico and Norway are among the worlds 10 largest oil producers. There is great potential for cooperation between the two countries, especially on technology for deep-sea oil drilling.
Opened a trade and industry seminar
Cooperation between Norway and Mexico in the petroleum sector was also the main focus when Crown Princess Mette-Marit opened a trade and industry seminar in Veracruz. In her opening speech, the Crown Princess stated:
The petroleum sector is vital in both our economies and a focus area for this visit ( ) Mexico is one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the world with huge unexplored potential deepwater resources. At the Norwegian continental shelf the recovery rate has increased from 17 per cent in the early 1970s, to a recovery rate of 46 per cent today. The Norwegian technological solutions for development of deepwater discoveries will be presented here today.
Another key topic at the seminar was coffee. Norwegians drink more coffee per person than any other nationality in the world except the Finns. Coffee is an important export commodity in Mexico.
Visit to a cultural centre and harbour
Following the opening of the seminar, the Crown Princess visited the Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura (IVEC) Cultural Centre in Veracruz, where she attended a dance performance and viewed an exhibition of works by local artisans.
Veracruz is a port of call for many Norwegian ships, and the Crown Princess was given a guided tour of the information centre by head of the port Juan Ignacio Fernández Carbajal.
Conclusion in Mexico City
On Thursday afternoon, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess returned to Mexico City, where their visit to Mexico was concluded with an official luncheon with President Felipe Calderón and Mrs. Margarita Zavala.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.