Guyana is this March expected to have a larger presence at Expo ANTAD 2018, one of Mexico’s largest trade shows for foods and beverages.The Embassy of Mexico has teamed up with the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) and COPA Airlines to ensure “Guyana has a bigger presence at Expo ANTAD 2018”, Mexican Ambassador Ivan Roberto Sierra Medel told PrimeFlashback: The first shipment of rice to Mexico being loaded on to the Chamchuri Naree Minister Moses Nagamootoo in a letter.According to the Department of Public Information, the initiative is part of fostering closer trade links between Mexico and Guyana, with a focus on rice and paddy. Last year, Guyana exported 88,000 tons of paddy to Mexico, the single largest destination of Guyanese grain exports.The GRDB was part of a business mission to Mexico’s Expo ANTAD 2017, facilitated by the Mexican Embassy. Expo ANTAD is the largest trade fair in Latin America. It is held in Guadalajara, Mexico. This year’s fair is scheduled for March 6-8, 2018. Meanwhile, the Government of Mexico has recommitted to making scholarships available to Guyanese. Ambassador Sierra noted that three Guyanese will begin their degree programmes in Geoscience studies at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in August 2018.As of 2017, four Guyanese have been granted scholarships to pursue their studies in Mexico. The areas of study included Biology, specifically in the area of genetic enhancement of coconut; Advanced Agriculture, and Civil Engineering at the Mexican Institute for Petroleum (IMP).In March 2017, Mexico’s IMP and the Ministry of Natural Resources signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build capacity in Guyana’s oil and gas industry.