The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, met with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, on June 27. The discussions focussed on ways to increase trade between Québec and Mexico as well as on a variety of political, economic, cultural and social issues.
When she came out of a very warm 45 minute meeting with President Peña Nieto, the Premier said: “It is apparent to me that Québec is a key partner for Mexico, which is a confirmation of the collaborative relationship and friendly ties that we have shared for several decades. Moreover, we look to the future of our trade relations with the same optimism in areas of common interest such as aeronautics, multimedia creation, culture, life sciences, energy and information technologies.”
Strengthening economic relations
Ms. Marois also delivered a major address of an economic nature before nearly 350 Québec and Mexican business people. She once again insisted on the need to strengthen Québec’s economic relations under NAFTA with its Latin American partner.
The Premier continued her series of bilateral discussions with other important political actors including the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade, and the Secretary of Economy, IIdefonso G. Villarreal.
In parallel, the Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, Élaine Zakaïb, as well as representatives from Québec International and Québec Manufacturers and Exporters (MEQ) met with several members of Mexico’s economic community.
Since the opening of the Québec Government Office in Mexico in 1980, Québec and Mexico have developed dynamic and beneficial cooperative ties. To date, the two partners have signed 17 agreements, including the most recent ones in the fields of higher education, research and innovation.