Political relations

Mexico’s foreign policy is based, among other things, on the development of closer relations with the other two signatories of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canada is thus considered a strategic partner, which is generally favourable for relations between Québec and Mexico.

These are some of the main political activities that have taken place since 2009:

  • October 9 to 10, 2016: Mission by the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, and Deputy Minister, Jean-Stéphane Bernard, to Mexico City for the inauguration of the first meeting of the Québec-Mexico Joint Cooperation Committee (CMC).
  • June 27, 2016: Visit to Québec City by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and meeting with the Premier of Québec.
  • October 11 to 14, 2015: by Premier Philippe Couillard to Mexico and signing of the Coordination and Cooperation Framework Agreement between the Government of Québec and the Government of the United Mexican States.
  • January 25 to 29, 2012: World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: Meetings between the Premier of Québec and Enrique Pelña Nieto, the former Governor of the State of Mexico and candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the Mexican presidential election in July 2012.
  • April 4 to 8, 2011: Mission by the Minister of International Relations, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay. She was accompanied by a delegation of representatives from a dozen companies. In Guadalajara, she met with the Governor of the State of Jalisco and the ministers of education, culture and the economy. In Mexico City, the Minister held discussions with the Secretary of Economy during the annual CanCham (Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico) Day.
  • December 5, 2010: Participation by the Premier in the Cancun Climate Change Conference in Mexico. Meeting between the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.
  • May 28, 2010: Visit to Canada by the President of Mexico. Meeting between the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, during his trip to Montréal.
  • October 14, 2009: Inaugural ceremony of the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato: Meeting between the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre, and the President of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Consuelo Saizar.
  • October 7, 2009: Signing of a cooperation agreement between the Government of Québec and the Government of the State of Jalisco.
  • June 2 to 4, 2009: 5th Leaders’ Summit on North American Relations and the NASCO Conference in Québec City, attended by the governors of the states of Guanajuato, Nuevo León and Zacatecas as well as representatives from other Mexican states.
  • June 4, 2009: Signing of a cooperation agreement between the Government of Québec and the Government of the State of Guanajuato.
  • June 3, 2009: Awarding of the Ordre national du Québec to two prominent Mexicans: Natividad González Parás, Governor of the State of Nuevo León, and Andrés Rozental, Eminent Ambassador of Mexico

Québec-Mexico Working Group (GTQM)

Under the joint coordination of the Foreign Relations Secretariat of Mexico and Québec’s Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, GTQM has become the main instrument for coordinating cooperation activities between the Québec and Mexican authorities.

GTQM is responsible for developing and implementing a biennial program of cooperation activities in the education, culture, research and innovation and economic sectors.

The program is based on general guidelines and sectoral priorities, including:

  • The importance of the immediate impacts of program activities
  • The requirement that the projects selected have a concrete impact on the social, economic, scientific and cultural development of the two societies

Areas of common interest were identified as priorities by the Québec-Mexico Joint Cooperation Committee (CMC) in accordance with the Framework Agreement on Coordination and Cooperation signed by the Government of Québec and the Government of Mexico in 2015.

GTQM funds between 20 and 25 projects every two years.

Last update: 2017-05-01 10:43:59 AM