Mexico and Maine agree to expand trade ties

Mexico City, Oct 29 (EFE).- Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade and Maine Gov. Paul LePage met and discussed the need to expand investment and trade between Mexico and the northeastern U.S. state, the Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

The two officials spoke Monday about "identifying joint projects between Mexico and the state of Maine, and the mutual benefits and strategic nature of bilateral economic relations," the secretariat said in a statement.

Maine is seeking to "strengthen its educational, trade and tourist ties with Mexico," LePage, who led a trade delegation to Mexico, said.

Mexican migrants are making contributions to Maine, especially in the forestry and service industries, Meade said, adding that he supported "expanding cooperation between officials" of the U.S. state and the Mexican Consulate in Boston.

Mexico was the 13th-largest market for Maine's products in 2012, with purchases totaling $34.8 million, but the No. 2 market for processed foods and the No. 3 market for diversified manufactured goods, the secretariat said.

Mexico was the No. 6 supplier of goods to Maine, with sales totaling about $61.9 million, the secretariat said.