From January 31 to February 6, Premier Jean Charest will lead a delegation to India comprising 130 representatives of the worlds of business, education and research interested in building or consolidating ties with Indian partners. The target sectors for the economic mission are aerospace, the environment, information and communication technology, infrastructure and biotechnology.
The Premier will be accompanied by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade.
Premier Charest’s second mission to India will be an opportunity to pursue Québec’s efforts to promote trade with the Asian country, which continues to enjoy heady economic growth. A number of Québec companies are doing remarkably well in India; they are tangible proof that local firms can be successful in the subcontinent. Since 2006, Québec’s exports to India have grown by close to 80%.
Mission members will make a stop in Mumbai, the country’s economic and financial centre, and proceed to Bangalore, a scientific hub for the development of new technologies. The mission will end in Delhi, the country’s capital, where Premier Charest will speak at the opening of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, a major international forum.
In 2008, Québec exported over $427M in goods to India. The chief exports are newsprint, aerial vehicles, asbestos, chemical wood pulp, electrical apparatus for line telephony and plumbing fixtures.
Relations between Québec and India
Québec government office in Mumbai