The head of the Yucatan Secretariat of Government met with the General Delegate of that Canadian province in Mexico.
MÉRIDA, Yucatán (Times Media Mexico) – The State Government, headed by Mauricio Vila Dosal, expressed its willingness to increase bilateral collaboration with the province of Quebec, Canada, in the fields of renewable energy, technological innovation, higher education, culture, tourism and economy.
The head of the General Secretariat of Government María Fritz Sierra, met today with the Delegate General of Quebec in Mexico, Stephanie Allard, with whom she highlighted the current situation of relations and endorsed the interest of the present administration to increase exchange in areas of mutual interest.
During their first official visit to Yucatan, the Québec diplomatic representative and members of the diplomatic mission, including the director of the Economic Service, Dominic Tetu, and the First Counsellor, David Ruiz, reviewed the real possibilities of increasing ties. In the meeting, held in the SGG boardroom, Fritz Sierra and Allard highlighted the multiple points both places have in common, particularly in the area of security, since both Quebec City and Merida, said the distinguished visitor, are the best positioned in the continent in this area, according to a study by City World.
The Yucatan official said that our state, is an example at the national level, thanks to the actions promoted by Governor Vila in this area, through the strategy “Safe Yucatan”. — “With all humility, but with great pride we can say that we are a privileged state. Security is the best thing we can have and this we have achieved thanks to the human capital we have, our Yucatan people, which adds to the good work of our police,” María Fritz expressed.
“As government and society, we have a responsibility. We must never take a step backwards in what we are doing in Yucatan, because crime does not fall asleep, it advances by leaps and bounds, that’s why our government also bets a lot on the issue of security in the state,” she stressed.
María Fritz affirmed that, given the budget cuts planned for the states, the current administration has deployed a policy of adjustment and austerity in the exercise of public spending, and announced that there will be three sectors, according to the Governor’s own decision, that will not be affected in the budget: security, health, and education.
At the same time, Mrs. Allard celebrated that both cities have similarities in terms of security and common interests and mentioned Québec provincial government’s intention to collaborate with Yucatán in the field of alternative energies.
She indicated that almost one hundred percent of the energy generated by Quebec derives from alternative sources, hence the possibility of sharing experiences and offering options for Yucatan and its clean energy generation projects.
In the area of tourism, the diplomat explained that Yucatan represents a great potential for its natural, cultural and historical attractions, hence the possibility of Quebec to increase the promotion of the destination and make investments.
Both parties agreed to exchange information and establish a work agenda that would allow them to take advantage of competitive advantages in connectivity, culture, trade, technological innovation and tourism, among other fields.
To this end, as part of their working tour, Mrs. Allard-Gomez will hold meetings with the heads of the Secretaries of Culture and Arts (Sedeculta), Erica Millet Corona, Innovation, Research and Higher Education (Siies), Bernardo Cisneros Buenfil, and Economic Development and Work (Sefoet), Ernesto Herrera Novelo, among other activities.
Before the reception, Allard-Gomez expressed to the Secretary General of Government their admiration for the artistic work of the Yucatan painter Fernando Castro Pacheco, and, after the meeting, they gave themselves time to visit the murals of the History Hall of the Government Palace.
The Yucatan Times