The Canada-Mexico Partnership has issued its 2010-2011 Annual Report (PDF 450 KB). It highlights the work and progress of this important mechanism over the period and outlines its goals for the year ahead.
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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. 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 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 facilitates 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 May 29-30 2012, participants from Canada and Mexico gathered in Ottawa for the CMP Annual Meeting. Each working group reviewed the work of the past year and outlined its objectives for the future.
During 2011-2012, the CMP once again proved its value in helping advance Canada-Mexico interests in concrete ways. The CMP truly encompasses key sectors which are most relevant in today’s economy.
The value of the CMP and the engagement of its members were evident at the mechanism’s annual meeting. The participation of such a large and committed group in this meeting was a clear signal of the importance our two countries attach, not just to the CMP, but to the relationship between our two countries.
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