Québec-Mexico: cooperation takes centre stage
Mr. Granguillhome Morfin and Mr. Keating
The 13th Meeting of the Québec-Mexico Working Group (QMWG), which was co-chaired by Robert Keating, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs at the Ministère des Relations internationales of Québec, and Rogelio Granguillhome Morfin, the Head of the Economic Relations and International Cooperation Unit at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, was held in Québec City on June 16.
In the field of education, the Québec and Mexican governments agreed to promote vocational and technical training and higher education distance courses. The signing of a new agreement in the area of higher education between the Government of Québec and the Government of the United States of Mexico establishing new university bursary programs was also on the meeting agenda. In the field of culture, projects for co-production, co-creation, and the exchange of expertise were consolidated.
The partners also reaffirmed their willingness to cooperate in the fields of research and innovation and economics. They agreed to prioritize, among other things, projects in the information technology, life sciences, environmental, and agri-food sectors. The recent research and innovation cooperation agreement signed by the two governments will lead to greater collaboration in this field.
Lastly, in terms of economic cooperation, Québec and Mexico maintained their commitment to facilitate the identification and promotion of business opportunities and strategic alliances between small and medium-size companies.
Four sectoral workshops (education, culture, research and innovation, and the economy) were also held during the meeting. The goals of the workshops were to present the broad strokes of Québec’s and Mexico’s cooperation strategies and to take stock of bilateral cooperation priorities and issues in each sector for 2011-2013.
At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs officially adopted the 2011-2013 program for the education and cultural cooperation sectors. The program for the research and innovation sector will be confirmed in fall 2011.