Winnipeg's CentrePort offers Mexico opportunity: ambassador
by Scott Billeck
Mexico’s ambassador to Canada says his visit to the province has been a productive one and hopes more Manitobans will pick his homeland as a tourist destination.
Dionisio Perez Jacome addressed a room full of business types at the MBIZ Breakfast Series put on by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce at The Fort Garry Hotel on Tuesday. Jacome said that 50,000 Manitobans visited Mexico last year.
“We want that number to increase,” he said after giving a 25-minute speech to those in attendance, followed by a short question-and-answer period.
Jacome said that there are 6,500 Mexicans living in Manitoba, close to 1,000 of which are living in Winnipeg.
Aside from tourism, Manitoba makes up 4% of trade between Canada and Mexico — a good number according to Jacome — including pork, grains, manufactured goods and agriculture.
“There’s a good example in agriculture,” Jacome said. “I know [in] Mexico, some producers are looking to expand the opportunities in fruits and vegetables and we are importing other agricultural goods as well.”
Jacome also said he visited CentrePort Canada. The dry port located in Winnipeg and Rosser, could offer Mexico a way to expand horizontally.
“It offers a great opportunity for Mexican companies to come to Winnipeg, and from here, look east and look west.”