On Thursday March 9, Manitoba Trade and Investment members held a meeting with Guanajuato’s Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Confederación de Cámaras Industriales, Concamin), aiming to boost business relationships and strengthen ties between Canada and Guanajuato.
The meeting took place at the “Agro Expo” where Canadian and Guanajuatan businessmen developers Ayari Madrid and Alfred Durhack invited local entrepreneurs to export their products to the northern country.
In this regard, they are currently seeking to diversify and generate trade in several manufacturing products, such as electronics, alcoholic beverages, rubber and plastic products, metal fabrication items, machinery, vehicles and transportation equipment.
Representatives from the National Chamber of the Electrical Industry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Canieti), National Chamber of the Industry of Restaurants and Condiment Foods (Canirac), Mexican Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AMMJE), National Chamber of the Wood Industry and The Chamber of Tannery Industry (Cicur) attended the event and listened to proposals that include a commercial mission to visit Manitoba.
“We want to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Manitoba, Canada and the state of Guanajuato, under a “win-win” philosophy, in order to generate significant benefits on various business sectors,” said Ayari Madrid, International Business Development Manager for Mexico.
Madrid explained that Canada offers pharmaceuticals, agri-food machinery and paper products to Guanajuato, and that they believe more sectors can be opened up to trade in the near future.
In November 2016, officials from Manitoba, Canada, held their first business meeting in Mexico with agribusiness producers in Guanajuato, and at that point in time, the first shipment of broccoli from Dolores Hidalgo was approved.
After the meeting with agricultural producers in Guanajuato, an agreement was signed, with the goal of eliminating intermediaries.
“This shipment seems to have been very successful because it complied with the quality standards required by the Manitoba province laws; we continue supporting these kind of companies, buying their products, and we expect to start working with other exporters from Guanajuato shortly”.
He concluded stating that businesses between Canada and Guanajuato will continue, despite the renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will take place next June.