Indian and Québec partners have signed nine agreements in Bangalore, the second stop on the itinerary for the Québec mission to India led by Premier Jean Charest. Capital of the State of Karnataka, Bangalore is the hub of India’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry.
Web surfers have been able to access a new site for the past few days. Called “TOU.TV,” it houses an impressive archive of previously broadcast French-language TV programs. A number of public television networks (Radio-Canada,Télé-Québec, ARTV, TV5 Québec-Canada, TV5 Monde, TFO, RDI, RTS, RTBF) have banded together to make close to 2,000 hours of French-language series and shows available online, free-of-charge.
On January 27 and 28, the economic division of the Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels hosted four Québec creators: Ça va de soi, Lucky Seven, Furi and Sensation Mode, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Montréal fashion. Accompanying the group was Isabelle Théroux, an economic advisor specialized in fashion, who is with the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation. On their way back from the Who’s Next trade show in Paris, they stopped briefly in Brussels and Antwerp to learn more about the local fashion industry, meet with distributors and visit showrooms.
Hosted by André Papillon and Mario Paquet, the 13th Opus Awards Gala was held today at the Salle Claude-Champagne, in Montréal. Twenty-seven awards were bestowed for the season from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009 to highlight the talent of artists and craftspeople gathered for this key event. The awards ceremony, punctuated by musical performances, generated much enthusiasm. Music of different colours and styles was consummately performed by celebrated artists: the Ensemble Caprice, Louis Dufort, Mathieu Gaudet and Karina Gauvin, Christine Tassan and Les Imposteures, Normand Forget and the Jazz Trio, all under the artistic direction of Mathieu Lussier.
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.
On January 29, Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Clément Gignac, concluded a three-day mission to Davos, Switzerland, during which they participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF).
That is the subject that will be broached by Mr Jean-Luc Dehaene, member of the European Parliament and Prime Minister of Belgium from 1992 to 1999 during a talk with lunch organised by the Conseil des Relations internationals de Montréal (CORIM) on 16 February 2010 in the Hôtel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal.
Based in Santa Monica, California, the Milken Institute is one of the most influential think tanks in the western United States. Its President and CEO, Michael Klowden, was in Québec from January 19 to 21 to find out more about our economy and meet key players in the areas of economic development and research.
Some communities, regions and federated states, including Québec, Flanders, Wallonia, Catalonia and Scotland, are engaged in international endeavours in parallel to the diplomacy carried out by their national states. This topic was the focal point of an international colloquium entitled “Towards a ‘third wave’ in sub-state diplomacy?” held on January 19 in Brussels at the initiative of the Flemish Centre for International Policy, the European Union Committee of the Regions and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.
Premier Jean Charest reiterated the importance the Québec government places on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games – major sports and cultural events – during a ceremony celebrating the Olympic torch relay in Québec City attended by Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia.
The Government of Québec's U.S. Strategy was unveiled on January 14 by the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, with several members of the Cabinet in attendance. One of the strategy’s purposes is to position Québec favorably within the North American economic space.
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.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, outlined the initiatives undertaken by Québec at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, the standards of which are equivalent to those adopted in California, came into effect in mid-January. Québec thereby became the first Canadian province to apply North America’s strictest standards.
Québec’s first-ever policy against homophobia was released in December 2009 by Kathleen Weil, Minister of Justice, Attorney General and minister responsible for the fight against homophobia. In her words, “The policy released shows, once again, that Québec society is a leader in the field of sexual minority rights.”