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27 Jun 2013

ICT the focus of discussions in Guadalajara

The Premier was warmly welcomed by Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz, the Governor of the State of Jalisco (photo: Patrick Lachance, MCE).

The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, accompanied by the Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, Élaine Zakaïb, and 94 participants began a four-day trade mission on June 26, 2013, with a stop in Guadalajara, the capital of the State of Jalisco and a major economic centre of Mexico.

The Premier was welcomed by Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz, the Governor of the State. The two heads of governments used the occasion to sign the Joint Jalisco-Québec Declaration. “Québec and Jalisco maintain ties of friendship and have cooperated in the areas of the economy, culture and education for a number of years,” said Ms. Marois.

The Silicon Valley of Latin America

The State of Jalisco, which is known as the Silicon Valley of Latin America, is a destination of choice for businesses seeking to enter the Latin American market. Moreover, a third of the companies in the Québec delegation provide information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and resources.

Thousands of jobs will need to be filled in Québec over the next few years in ICT occupations and professions, notably for information system analysts and consultants. Meetings like this will allow our companies to develop ties with a very innovative region in this sector,” said Minister Zakaïb.

Economic agreement and sharing of expertise

At the end of a workshop on ICT development, Montréal-based Groupe Techna and Mexican technology development company Tia signed an agreement to develop computing solutions for municipalities.

In addition, inspired by the Montréal Digital Metropolis project, the Mexican National Chamber of the Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies Industry (Canieti) entered a partnership with TechnoMontréal to promote the sharing of expertise and the reciprocal hosting of ICT companies.

“Our special relations with Jalisco open the door to a multitude of performing Québec SMEs in the new technologies sector,” added the Premier.

McGill University and the University of Guadalajara also signed an agreement to promote knowledge sharing and joint research and training activities.

Signing of the Joint Jalisco-Québec Declaration by the Premier and the Governor of the State of Jalisco (photo: Patrick Lachance, MCE)

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