Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will chair a ministerial committee on rebuilding Haiti and a meeting with civil society partners active in the Caribbean country.
In Québec and throughout the network of Québec government offices abroad, a number of activities are held each year to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20. This year’s edition of the event coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
During an evening reception held to underline International Francophone Day, celebrated on March 20, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, awarded the Prix Reconnaissance–Francophonie 2010 to Denise Bombardier.
Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, was in Albany on March 14-15 to promote Québec hydroelectricity as a clean, renewable and safe energy source. Her visit was part of the Government of Québec’s US strategy, which aims in part to ensure Québec’s leadership role in the energy field.
Following a first trade mission that took place last November, the Association of Québec Advertising Agencies (AAPQ) undertook a second mission in Chicago on March 10, with a delegation including 11 other representative from a myriad of agencies including: Beauchemin Communication Marketing (Benoit Beauchemin), Bleublancrouge (Sébastien Fauré), Cossette (Louis Duchesne), Egzakt (Denis Roy), Harry&Co (Alain Tadros), LXB Communication Marketing (Marc Lacroix, Paul Bergeron and Patrick Michel), PALM+HAVAS (Pascal Chandonnet), Taxi (Yves Blain) and Touché! phd (Alain Desormiers).
Dozens of Quebec visitors were in St. Louis March 9-12 for the Work Truck Show, including exhibitors of equipment used by cable television crews, construction companies, and city snow-removal teams. The event is organized yearly by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) and will be held in 2011 in Indianapolis.
Within the framework of the Québec-Vermont multisectoral agreement, Premier Jean Charest received James H. Douglas, Governor of Vermont and Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), on March 10 and 11.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is pleased by the appointment of Jean Fortin as francophone and multilateral affairs delegate at the Québec government office in Paris (DGQP), effective May 3. In his new capacity, Jean Fortin will be responsible for relations with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
Manif d’art, the Québec City Biennial, took advantage of the Armory Show in New York City, one of the world’s leading art fairs, to unveil the program for its fifth edition, slated to get under way in May.
Québec wants to boost its cooperation with New England in the area of higher education. With this in mind, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports Michelle Courchesne is on a mission to Boston from March 4 to 6, accompanied by representatives of Québec colleges and universities.
Within the framework of the Canadian delegation, Québec took part in the eighth Meeting of Ministers of Justice or Other Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA), held under the aegis of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Brasilia, Brazil, from February 24 to 26.
Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, arrived in Paris on March 2 for two days of work sessions with French authorities in the areas of the environment and sustainable development.
In August, some 1,000 representatives of civil society organizations from around the globe will be gathering in Montréal for the CIVICUS World Assembly 2010: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. The Government of Québec will be taking part in this event, which is being organized in association with the Institut du nouveau monde (INM).
Under an agreement signed in Montréal by the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the All Japan Chefs Association (AJCA), apprentice chefs from Québec will be able to take part in internships in Japan and their Japanese counterparts will have a chance to participate in internships in Québec.
As part of a mission to the southern United States that got under way on February 22, Minister Pierre Arcand stopped in Houston and Austin, Texas, to meet with high-profile private and public stakeholders. The meetings were a chance for him to highlight Québec’s expertise in fields like energy and the environment, aerospace, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Premier Jean Charest visited the US capital from February 19-21 as part of a mission undertaken by the Council of the Federation, in conjunction with the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).
The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will be in the United States from February 21 to 25 on his first mission there since the unveiling of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy. He will travel to Louisiana, Texas and Georgia, three high-growth states which account for an annual trade volume with Québec of nearly $7 billion.
At the end of January, Québec Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of International Relations Pierre Arcand, met with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, who was in Montréal for a ministerial meeting leading up to a major conference on planning the reconstruction of the Caribbean country. The meeting participants included the Canadian, French, American and Brazilian foreign ministers.
In the Indian capital, Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit alongside Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other world leaders.