For Dionisio Pérez-Jácome, his first visit to Manitoba has been a busy one. Mexico’s Ambassador to Canada spent a busy two days meeting with Premier Brian Pallister, other local business organizations, and talking with local media. His trip also included a presentation of one of his country’s highest honours to Honorary Consul to Mexico and well-known politician James Downey. Prior to that, the Ambassador spent his Tuesday (May 29) talking about his optimism surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the Chambers MBiz breakfast presented by 6P Marketing.
Pérez-Jácome opened his address by highlighting the importance the previous NAFTA deal had on Mexico, improving trade nine-fold over the course of the decades-old agreement. He touched on the impact the deal has had on trade directly with Canada, to the tune of $43 billion last year. The Ambassador also encouraged the continued interest Manitobans and Canadians have in visiting his country. But despite the data and positive relationship between our two countries, the conversation centred on the negotiations of a new NAFTA and how long it has taken to this point to get a deal done. Added to the importance of a new deal is the impending elections in Mexico that could put the deal in some jeopardy, depending on who wins. Despite the mixed signals coming from the negotiation table, Pérez-Jácome remains confident a deal can be completed in short order that will benefit all three countries. He told the business audience that trade deals are the solution to satisfying the demand of goods & services and that NAFTA is a mechanism for us (Canada, U.S. & Mexico) to continuing making things together.
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to extend our thanks to Ambassador Pérez-Jácome for being our guest. We would also like to thank series presenter 6P Marketing, breakfast sponsor Export Development Canada, series sponsors and partners CPHR Manitoba, CPA Manitoba, Travel Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Free Press.