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MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Feb. 2, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada and Mexico are strong North American partners, bound in friendship by enduring economic, political, social and cultural ties. Our two countries share a vision of a future in which economic prosperity and environmental protection go hand in hand.

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, led an official visit and trade mission to Mexico this week. Minister Carr and Mexico's Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Collaboration in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development that will benefit both countries over the coming years by laying the foundation for greater trade, stronger growth and job creation. The Minister also congratulated the Canadian Electricity Association and Mexico's Asociación Mexicana de Energía on the signing of a groundbreaking MoU that will further enhance electricity cooperation between our two countries.

A delegation of 37 representatives from Canada's mining, energy and clean technology sectors were part of the trade mission — one of the largest ever for Natural Resources Canada. Also, for the first time, Indigenous representatives were part of the delegation.

The mission was successful in strengthening collaboration on mining, energy security and clean energy; creating new business partnerships that will match Canada's expertise, technology and resources with Mexico's needs to create jobs in both countries; and advancing Mexican interests in Canada.

Minister Carr held successful meetings with his counterparts, including Secretary Guajardo, Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell and Secretary of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development Rosario Robles Berlanga. The ministers exchanged views on a wide range of topics, including the future of the two countries' collaboration on energy and mineral development, and engagement with local communities and Indigenous peoples.

Minister Carr will participate today in the launch of the Canada 150 celebration in Mexico at an event featuring the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Ballet Folklórico de México and tomorrow will visit and tour Starcore International Mines Ltd.'s San Martin mine in Querétaro.

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"Canada and Mexico don't just share a continent — we share a vision for a cleaner and more prosperous future for our citizens. The MoUs signed and the relationships deepened by our impressive trade delegation will generate new trade opportunities that will bear fruit for years to come."

Jim Carr
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources 

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