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6 Nov 2013

Mexico’s Consul General hopes for Mexican investor missions in Québec

Francisco E. del Rio Lopez, Consul General of Mexico in Montreal, and Minister Lisée discussed a number of issues concerning relations between Québec and Mexico, from trade and education to tourism

During his meeting with Minister Jean-François as part of an official visit to Quebec City, Fransisco E. del Rio Lopez, Consul General of Mexico in Montreal, confirmed his hope that Mexican investor missions will come to Québec.

Québec grants Mexico priority status in its international relations specifically by consolidating and increasing trade and relations with Mexican states (Jalisco, Guanajuato, Nuevo León).

Québec Premier Pauline Marois’ June mission in Mexico, in which she met President Enrique Peña Nieto, turned out to be a success. The mission also resulted in stronger ties with the State of Jalisco.

In March 2013, Québec will also be the guest of honour at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), the largest film event in Mexico.

Minister Lisée took the opportunity provided by the meeting to renew the Premier’s invitation to President Peña Nieto to visit Québec next year. The Consul General and the Minister agreed that it would be an opportunity for Québec and Mexico to celebrate the 20th anniversary of NAFTA.

Both men reiterated their desire to maintain the excellent relations enjoyed by Québec and Mexico’s diplomatic representatives.

Increasing trade, student mobility and tourism were some of the topics they discussed.

In 2012, Mexico was Québec’s fifth-largest trading partner in the world and its first trading partner in Latin America. Last year, trade in goods between Québec and Mexico totaled $44.9 billion, which is up 11.2% from the previous year. The number of Québec companies that now export to Mexico has almost quadrupled since 2000.

Québec Government Office in Mexico City
Québec-Mexico trade relations (Export Québec) (in French)

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