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Mission d’affaires France-Mexique-Québec à Mexico : ALENA et diversité culturelle à l’ordre du jour

Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec, le 19 novembre 2004 - 2004/11/19

The France-Québec-Mexico commercial mission that brought together 400 businesses in Mexico City earlier this month (94 from Québec, 74 from France, and 250 from Mexico) closed with a meeting between Québec premier Jean Charest and Mexican president Vincente Fox. In addition to cultural diversity and NAFTA-related issues, the two leaders also explored various avenues for strengthening economic and institutional ties between Québec and Mexico. Buoyed by the success of this first joint mission, Prime Minister Raffarin of France and Premier Charest declared they would repeat the experience. Mr. Raffarin described the initiative as a way to respond to globalization and preserve jobs. “This is a method we are developing—alliance building. We want our small and medium-sized business participating in world growth,” he declared, before emphasizing that “Québec is France’s gateway to America, just as France is Québec’s gateway to Europe.” (Available in French) [81]