Canada, Mexico strengthen mining ties – by Henry Lazenby ( – February 2, 2017)

VANCOUVER ( – Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr on Wednesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal to solidify the countries’ close bilateral relationship.

The MoU for the mining sector will cover geoscience, clean innovation and corporate social responsibility and will promote sharing best practices in water management and the use of renewable energy.

Carr travelled to Mexico to reaffirm Canada and Mexico’s strong North American partnership and identify areas for further cooperation, including sustainable mineral resource development, energy security and clean energy.

The mission comes against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s America First policy, including policies promoting US trade protectionism that threaten North American economic cooperation and his executive order on immigration.

The MoU was signed during the Mexico Mining Forum – a yearly event for industry leaders. “Only 27% of Mexican territory has been explored and many of the country’s mines rank globally,” Mexico’s Deputy Mining Minister Mario Alfonso Cantú stated.

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