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30 Mar 2010

Youth cooperation agreement with Mexican state of Jalisco

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The Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud (IJJ — Jalisco Youth Institute) recently signed a cooperation agreement concerning the implementation of a joint exchange program for young adults in Québec and the Mexican state of Jalisco.

The agreement was signed in Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, by Alfred Pilon, OQAJ Chief Executive Officer, and Sergio Tabares, IJJ Executive Director. Québec’s Delegate General in Mexico, Marcel Gaudreau, and the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Emilio González Márquez, attended the signing ceremony.

It enables the creation of exchange activities for young adults in the areas of entrepreneurship, citizenship, and youth, arts and culture policies. OQAJ and IJJ have been working together since 2008. Two pilot projects for young people from Québec and Jalisco have been deployed over the past two years, one of them in Puerto Vallarta and the other in Québec City.

The new agreement is aligned with the Québec-Jalisco cooperation agreement signed last fall by Premier Jean Charest and Governor Emilio González Márquez.

Québec and Mexico have developed strong relations in the field of youth mobility over the years, thanks in part to the special ties between OQAJ and the Mexican Youth Institute, the Ministry of Youth of the State of Colima, the Youth Institute of the State of Nuevo Léon, and now the Jalisco Youth Institute.

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