Thirteen agreements between businesses in Québec and India and between Indian and Québec training centres were signed on the first day of the economic mission to the subcontinent led by Premier Jean Charest. The day ended with the official opening of the Québec government office in Mumbai.
Premier Charest officially opened the Québec government office in Mumbai in the presence (from left) of Director Benoît-Jean Bernard and Ministers Pierre Arcand and Clément Gignac. Photo: Clément Allard
The businesses in question are involved in sectors such as the environment, infrastructure and life sciences. The training agreements target the science and technology, aerospace and photonics sectors.
In addition, representatives of the governments of Québec and Maharashtra chose four cooperation projects to be deployed by universities and research centres. The fields of cooperation include the environment, R&D and higher education.
Earlier during the day, Premier Charest gave the keynote address at a seminar on business opportunities between Québec and India held by the Maharashtra Economic Development Council (MEDC), one of India’s largest chambers of commerce and business associations. Before an audience of Mumbai businesspeople, the Premier stressed Québec’s competitive advantages.
The Premier also met with the Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, His Excellency Shri Kateekal Sankaranarayanan. The two leaders discussed the status of cooperation between Québec and the State of Maharashtra. Premier Charest then gave a talk at the University of Mumbai, during which he told a group of dignitaries, researchers and students about Québec’s expertise in education and research.
About 130 representatives of the business, education and research and innovation sectors are taking part in Québec’s biggest-ever economic mission to India. The Premier is 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’s press release about the agreements (in French)
Québec government office in Mumbai
Relations between Québec and India