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Canada and Mexico share a dynamic and prosperous relationship: as friends, as North American neighbours, and as strategic partners in the Americas and in the world. Over the years, our cooperation has expanded across a wide range of political, trade, social, environmental and security interests.
The Canada-Mexico Partnership (“CMP”)is our key mechanism for bilateral cooperation. It serves as a catalyst for concerted action between our governments, private sectors, and non-governmental partners to pursue common goals and mutually beneficial priorities. It was launched in Ottawa in October 2004, the year marking the 60th anniversary of Canada-Mexico diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of NAFTA. (See 2004 CMP statement [PDF 426 KB])
The Canada-Mexico Partnership meets once a year, with meetings alternating between Canada and Mexico. The CMP is coordinated by senior public servants from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and from Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is no set membership of the CMP: rather, participation is determined by membership in one of the CMP’s 8 working groups. The groups are not fixed: the CMP accommodates shifts of priorities within groups as well as the phasing out or creation of new groups.
The CMP’s working groups bring together representatives from the public sector and the private sector. Each group is co-chaired by senior decision-makers from Canada and Mexico, from both the government and private sectors. The public sector is represented by individuals at both the federal and provincial/state levels while the private sector comprises members of business and industry associations, academic communities and other organizations.
Each group develops its own goals and work plan and meets to advance its objectives on an as-needed basis. An annual CMP meeting brings together all working groups to take stock of progress, highlight results and set new priorities.
On September 8-9th, 2014, participants from Canada and Mexico gathered in Calgary for the tenth CMP Annual Meeting. Each working group reviewed the work of the past year and the implementation of the strategic vision that was articulated in the 2013 meeting in Mexico City. On this 10th anniversary of the CMP, working groups also looked to the future and outlined their objectives for the coming year. For the first time an overarching theme guided many elements of the two-day program. In light of Mexico’s energy reforms, and the importance of that industry to Canada, the overarching theme of “energy” was chosen this year. Expert panelists discussed how that theme touches each of the working groups. Outreach into the wider stakeholder community was also a big feature of this year’s CMP meeting, which was complemented by a side program run in partnership with the University of Calgary on September 10th.
September 2014 - Canada
July 2013 - Mexico
May 2012 - Canada
April 2011 - Mexico
April 2010 – Canada
March 2009 – Mexico
March 2008 - Canada
March 2007 – Mexico
October 2006 - Canada
March 2006 – Mexico
September 2005 – Canada
October 2004 – (Launch) Canada