Currently on mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand stressed the “importance for Québec’s academic institutions and scientific research community to act on existing collaborative R&D opportunities in Japan. Québec has expertise in certain scientific sectors that should be promoted in Japan and also stands to benefit from technological transfers in a number of complementary research sectors.”
During the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC on September 21, Premier Jean Charest spoke on behalf of States, provinces and regions in order to emphasize their concrete and crucial contribution in reducing greenhouse gases emissions. The ceremony was presided over by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as well as government and business representatives.
A joint declaration announcing the creation of a France-Québec migration movement and integration working group was signed in Paris on September 14 by the French Minister of Immigration and Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development, Éric Besson, and the Québec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Yolande James.
A green energy technology development assistance program, funded by a budget of $8M over two years, was recently established by the Québec government. The program is intended to stimulate research and innovation, foster an increase in the number of demonstrated new green energy technologies, and contribute to company growth and job creation.
The Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and his Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, are pleased by the decision to renew Clément Duhaime’s term of office as Administrator of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). On September 4 in Paris, OIF Secretary General Abdou Diouf announced that he trusts Duhaime’s competence and vision and has chosen him to serve a second four-year term as OIF Administrator.
Norway-based Funcom, one of Europe’s leading video game companies, is set to open a new studio in Montréal devoted to massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) development and publishing, providing further confirmation of the video game industry’s strategic role in Québec’s largest city.
GlaxoSmithKline’s Québec City plant, which produces all of Canada’s flu vaccine, will benefit from a $90 million modernization. The project involves replacing the sterile filling and packaging line with a new larger-capacity line, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. The investment will enable GSK to boost its pandemic vaccine production capacity and to reduce delivery times in the event that the World Health Organization declares another pandemic.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, delivered a positive report on his official visit to Spain (September 7-11), which included meetings with some 15 high-level political figures and visits to a variety of industrial and cultural centres. He also announced four new cooperation projects during his trip.
This year, the Québec Government Office in Berlin is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In fact, it was a Cultural Agency that the Québec government first opened in the German capital in 1999. This Agency later became an Office reporting to the Québec Government Office in Munich. Since then, Québec’s representation in Berlin has continued to promote Québec in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The prestigious Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in association with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, recently presented an International Architecture Award to the Daoust Lestage architectural and design firm for its work on the Samuel de Champlain Promenade project in Québec City.
Premiers and governors attending the 33rd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (CNEG/ECP) renewed their commitment to a greener, more environmentally friendly economy. Premier Jean Charest was in Saint John, New Brunswick to participate in the meeting, whose theme was “Close Collaboration – Stronger Economies.”
During his official mission to Japan from September 22 to October 1, the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will attend the Tokyo Game Show to support Québec’s video game development industry in its prospecting efforts among the world’s foremost players in the field.
Brussels, September 11, 2009 – As part of a three-way joint project, the Québec and Canadian governments and GlaxoSmithKline inc. (GSK) have announced that $60 million in non-refundable funding, spread over three years, will be awarded to GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.
St-Hyacinthe, Québec: September 3, 2009, CTT GROUP (Centre for Textile and Geosynthetic Technologies, recognized as a centre of excellence) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada and CENTEXBEL (Scientific and Technical Research Centre of the Belgian Textile Industry) in Brussels, Belgium, have signed a new technological cooperation agreement. Jan Laperre, Director General of Centexbel, and Jacek Mlynarek, CEO of CTT Group, signed the agreement in the presence of Québec Government Representative in Brussels Christos Sirros.