Latin America & the Caribbean

 Improved economic performance and a number of new free trade agreements (FTAs) and negotiations between Canada and countries in the region have made Latin America and the Caribbean an area of expanding opportunity for Alberta.

Since the NAFTA, Mexico has been one of Alberta’s fastest growing export markets and has risen to become the province’s fourth largest trading partner. Alberta has had an office in Mexico City since 2002 and an education office in Guadalajara since 2005. Alberta has had a highly successful twinning with the Mexican state of Jalisco since 1999.

The rest of Latin America offers expanding opportunities for Alberta businesses. Joining existing free trade agreements with Chile and Costa Rica, Canada has recently implemented FTAs with Colombia and Peru, has completed negotiations with Panama and is in negotiations with the Dominican Republic and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Canada is also negotiating a free trade agreement with the 15 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Alberta companies are active in many countries in the Caribbean region such as Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Alberta Government will encourage and assist Alberta companies in taking advantage of opportunities presented by Canada’s new FTAs in the region and will press the Canadian government for the successful conclusion to negotiations with the Dominican Republic, the Central America Four and CARICOM.

Alberta will continue to develop its relationships throughout the region and will continue to build on the success of its twinning partnership with Jalisco. Most recently Alberta and Jalisco have embarked on cooperative projects in micro and nanotechnology, value-added agriculture, and forestry and forest firefighting.

The Ministry has the mandate to market Alberta for investment attraction, trade development, and government to government relations in Mexico, Central and South America. Key activities are managed in coordination with Alberta’s international office located in Mexico City.

Priority target markets for trade and investment include Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela.

The Ministry represents and advises on Alberta’s interests with regard to foreign governments; manages Alberta’s twinning relationships with international jurisdictions, including Mexico (Jalisco); and coordinates inbound programs for visiting foreign officials.

For more information on Alberta-Latin America and the Caribbean initiatives contact:

Tristan Sanregret, Executive Director
Phone: 780-427-4605

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