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FOCAL and COMEXI Launch Mexico-Canada Initiative

August 11, 2009

• The Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas are combining forces to create an independent working group that will bring forward ideas to deepen, broaden and add dynamism to the relationship between México and Canada.

• The Mexico-Canada Initiative was delivered to and received by the President of Mexico and to the Prime Minister of Canada in advance of their participation in the North American Leaders Summit held in Guadalajara on August 9-10, 2009.

Ottawa, Canada, August 12, 2009 - The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI) are launching a project to deepen and broaden the Mexico-Canada relationship by convening the private sector and leading think tanks in each country to generate new ideas and initiatives. The bilateral relationship is of critical importance to both countries, to their relations with the United States, and at the hemispheric and global level.

The Working Group is co-chaired by the Hon. William Graham, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defense and by H.E. Ambassador Rosario Green, President of the External Relations Commission of the Mexican Senate and former Secretary of External Relations for Mexico.

The members of the Working Group include the Canada West Foundation, the Alberta Institute of American Studies at the University of Alberta, the Conference Board of Canada, le Centre d'études interaméricaines de l'Université Laval, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, and the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Taking into account that the relationship between Mexico and Canada is much more than trade or administrative matters, this Working Group will bring practical, innovative proposals for action to decision-makers in both countries that will contribute to advancing their bilateral relationship.

For more information contact:
Carlo Dade
Executive Director
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
Phone: 613-562-0005 ext. 255

Aurora Adame
Director General
Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI)
Phone: (5255) 52 02 37 76

Peter Moore
Director of Communications
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
Phone: 613-562-0005 ext. 255

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