Monday, January 5, 2015
Mexico and Canada Deepened their Diplomatic Ties in 2014
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In 2014, Mexico and Canada marked their 70th anniversary of
diplomatic relations, the 40th anniversary of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP), and the first ten years of
a partnership with shared goals. Both countries agreed to further deepen their relationship and to join together to strengthen
cooperation mechanisms with a strategic reach.
In February, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper made his first official visit to Mexico, during which the following were signed: the third Mexico-Canada Joint Action
Plan 2014-2016; a Memorandum of Understanding for the Exchange of Resources for the Management of Forest Fires; an Air Transport
Agreement; and the Export Development Canada-BANCOMEXT Memorandum of Understanding and Master Cooperation Agreement on commercial
In education, various student mobility agreements were signed
to train young people in areas of interest to both countries, including: a Memorandum of Understanding between the Education
Ministry and the University of British Columbia to develop a cooperation program to promote the mobility of researchers and
students; a Memorandum of Understanding between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the National
Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES); and a Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation
between the Mexican Foreign Ministry and the Governors of the University of Calgary, Canada.
the sixth meeting for consultations with Canada on new and traditional security issues, good progress was made on facilitating
the exchange of information, experience and best practices among government officials of the two countries to effectively
address common challenges.
The Canada-Mexico Partnership was also restructured and an
Executive Committee was created to make the partnership more dynamic. A High Level Dialogue on Best Practices and Consular
Protection was also begun.
The Mexican government has also maintained an ongoing and
proactive dialogue with Canadian authorities to discuss eliminating visas for Mexican citizens.
release, Dec. 31, 2014, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Mexico, DF; translation by SRE