To ensure its economic development, Quebec must rely on increased export of its products, primarily to Mexico which is a prime market to operate.
That’s essentially the message launched earlier mission by Prime Minister Philippe Couillard on Sunday in Mexico City.
Surrounded by several dozen business people from various fields and backgrounds of leaders of education and culture, the Prime Minister makes a short economic mission to Mexico, Wednesday before flying to Iceland.
Quebec’s exports to Mexico are growing, but it is far from enough, said Mr. Couillard briefing.
The Prime Minister has big ambitions: to increase Quebec’s exports to Mexico at least 20% per year.
The value of Québec exports to Mexico reached $ 1.2 billion in 2014, up 19.5% from the previous year. For Quebec, Mexico has become the third largest trading partner, so a territory that is not to be neglected.
In the coming years, Québec intends to better position themselves to profit more this potential market of 120 million consumers.
“We must further increase exchanges, Quebec’s exports to Mexico and improve the quality of those exports go to the creativity of products, creation of value-added products,” said Mr. Couillard briefing.
“We have a 20% increase in three years. I hope that over the three next four years, we have at least the same rate of increase, “Mr. Couillard has calculated.
He insists that with a population of only 8 million, Quebec “must absolutely capitalize on export ‘to ensure its development.
Already, 600 Quebec companies doing business in Mexico.
To increase the links Québec Mexico, Mr. Couillard will also build on the political meetings.
On Monday he will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. This is an opportunity to formalize more formally the many partnership agreements between the two states.
Other meetings are planned, including with the head of government of the Federal District of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, as well as with senators.
He will also participate in a forum on the animation industry, video games and multimedia.
Quebec has a delegation in Mexico City for 35 years.