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8 Oct 2009

New agreement with the State of Jalisco: The Premier strengthens Québec-Mexico relations

Governor González Márquez and Premier Charest in Québec City. Photo: Roch Théroux

Following bilateral discussions in Québec City between Premier Jean Charest and the Governor of the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Emilio González Márquez, the two governments signed a cooperation agreement to further consolidate the close ties that exist between Québec and Jalisco. The agreement will lead to the development of alliances and the implementation of cooperation activities over the short and medium term, primarily in education, culture, the economy and tourism. Encouraging the participation of young people is also a goal.

“We are signing this global cooperation agreement today for the greater benefit of our populations. For federated states such as ours, an agreement of this kind, which enhances the development of collaborative initiatives between our governments, increases our capacity to take action and ensures significant positive outcomes both on the human and economic fronts for Québec and Jalisco,” said the Premier.

It bears noting that in the area of education, the state of Jalisco and Québec have maintained close ties for a number of years through bilateral agreements as well as the agreement between the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities (CREPUQ) and Mexico’s National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES). Among other things, these agreements foster student and teacher mobility, collaborative research and language learning.

The Governor of the state of Jalisco was accompanied by the Secretary of Economic Development, Alonso Ulloa Vélez, who spoke with Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, and the Secretary of Education, Miguel Ángel Martínez Espinosa, who met with the Parliamentary Assistant to Québec’s Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Michel Pigeon.

It should be recalled that Mexico is a priority country under Québec’s International Policy. Objectives include consolidating and increasing political, cultural and economic exchanges as well as stepping up relations with the states of Mexico.

Québec-Jalisco Cooperation Agreement (in French)
Québec-Mexico Relations
Québec’s International Policy
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