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21 Jun 2013

Cooperation between Québec and Mexico still thriving!

PHOTO: Sergio Alcocer and Jean-Stéphane Bernard sign the minutes of the 14th meeting of the GTQM, held in Mexico City. (photo: Julia Benitez Rivas)

The 14th meeting of the Québec-Mexico work group (GTQM) was held in Mexico City on June 19, 2013. The meeting was co-chaired by Jean-Stéphane Bernard, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE), and Sergio Alcocer, Undersecretary for North America at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

The GTQM is the main coordination instrument for collaboration between the Mexican and Québec governments. It is responsible for preparing and implementing a biennial program of cooperation activities based on the target themes and priorities defined by the two governments.

High-quality projects

At this year’s meeting, both co-chairs of the GTQM hoped that new forms of collaboration could be added to the already fertile cooperation between Québec and Mexico, in areas such as economic trade.

They also agreed to promote the issue of gender equality, through social economy initiatives and research and innovation projects

The GTQM retained 24 projects for 2013-2015, in the following areas:

  • Research and innovation (12 projects)
  • Culture (7)
  • Education (5)

A look back — and a look ahead

Four workshops were opportunities for the participants to review the projects completed in 2011-2013 and consider new avenues for cooperation.

The highlights of the past two years include the following:

  • strategic partnerships between government institutions and educational institutions in Québec and Mexico
  • Québec’s participation in the Festival Cultural de Mayo as guest of honour
  • Signature of a cooperation agreement in the field of research and innovation, in 2012

In the area of the economy, the participants agreed to explore possibilities for cooperation between social insertion organizations and identify projects that encourage entrepreneurship among women, in line with the key importance that both governments place on equity, social cohesion and equal opportunities.

Since the first meeting of the GTQM, held in Mexico City in June 1982, more than 250 cooperation projects involving Mexican and Québec partners have been deployed.

In the words of Assistant Deputy Minister Jean-Stéphane Bernard, “This commitment to cooperation, which dates back more than 30 years and has never faltered, says a lot about the privileged relations that bring us together. That explains the high priority that Québec places on Mexico in its international relations, and our close, friendly ties.”

During a meeting with the Mexican Ambassador to Canada, Francisco Suárez Dávila, Premier Pauline Marois stressed the high priority that Québec places on its relations with Mexico. She also discussed the mission that she will be leading to Mexico from June 26 to 29.

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Québec-Mexico work group (GTQM) (in French)

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