On February 21, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will set out on his first mission to the United States since the January 2010 release of the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy.
The Minister will visit Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, important partners of Québec, especially from the economic viewpoint. Indeed, trade with these states added up to $6.9 billion in 2008.
In Louisiana, home to one of the largest francophone communities in the Americas, the mission will be aimed among other things at supporting collaboration between Louisianan and Québec universities. The Texas leg of the trip will be economic. Discussions with regional decision-makers will emphasize the active role played by Québec, in particular through its leadership within North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), headquartered in Dallas, which promotes continental economic integration. The mission will end in Georgia, a state with which Québec fosters close relations, in part through economic forums. The Georgian stop will be aimed primarily at stimulating trade between Québec and the southern state.
Released on January 14, the Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy is built around five broad objectives, namely contribute to the security of the North American continent, foster trade, ensure Québec’s leadership regarding energy and the environment, encourage the sharing and promotion of Québec’s culture and identity, and increase Québec’s capacity to take action and support the development of expertise. The strategy is accompanied by an action plan identifying tangible efforts for the period 2010 to 2013.
Québec Government’s U.S. Strategy
Relations between Québec and the United States
Québec government office in Atlanta