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24 Jun 2013

Québec-Mexico cooperation the focus of festivities

Québec Delegate General in Mexico City Christiane Pelchat underscored the thirtieth anniversary of the Québec-Mexico Work Group.

The Québec Government Office in Mexico City (DGQM) celebrated Québec’s National Holiday at Québec’s official residence on June 21. Québec Delegate General in Mexico, Christiane Pelchat welcomed numerous guests, including members of the diplomatic corps, as well as members of Mexico’s political, commercial and cultural communities, and representatives of the Government of the Republic of Mexico.

This year’s celebrations marked the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Québec-Mexico Work Group, the main instrument for bilateral cooperation between Québec and Mexico. During the event, Ambassador Julián Ventura, Mexico’s Undersecretary for North American Affairs, spoke to emphasize the ties of cooperation and friendship that exist between both governments.

“This year, we are celebrating 30 years of cooperation between Québec and the Mexican Republic. Thirty years of friendship and collaboration, thirty years of relations between our universities, creators and businesses. Thirty years that have culminated in a number of projects which were carried out by working closely together. Today, we are proud and happy to be sharing these thirty years of cooperation with you and to underscore the importance of this commitment for our two governments,” said Ms. Pelchat in her address.

Distinguished Ambassadors to Mexico also attended:

  • Belgian Ambassador Bondewijin E. G. Dereymaker
  • Haitian Ambassador Guy Lamothe
  • Canadian Ambassador Sara Hradecky
  • and the First Counsellor of the Embassy of France, Emmanuel Mignot.

The cultural sector was also represented by Sergio Matos, Director of the Festival cultural de Mayo, Gerardo Estrada, Director of the Mexico Festival (FMX), and Martha Gonzalez, CONACULTA Coordinator of International Relations.

Representatives from the business community likewise honoured Québec with their presence, including Ann McDonald, Vice President, Business Development and Sales for Bombardier Transport North America. A group of Québec business women on mission to Mexico also took part in the event, as did Québec students from Laval University on an inter-university exchange with the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Querétaro campus.

The event’s festive atmosphere was due in part to singer Michel Donato Giglia’s performance of songs from his Québec repertoire.
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