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.
The governments of Québec and Canada recently confirmed their support for five green infrastructure projects with a total price tag of over $600 million. The projects involve the construction of organic waste treatment centres equipped with biomethanation and composting systems in the Greater Montréal area and Québec City.
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 Government of Québec has taken part for over 20 years in the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland. At the end of January, Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, was an active participant in the 40th edition of the WEF’s Davos meeting, held under the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild.”
As part of a Council of the Federation mission, Premier Jean Charest will be in Washington on February 19 and 20 to meet with the U.S. governors in attendance at the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in the U.S. capital.
The 13th International Winter Road Congress, attended by delegates from over 50 countries, was an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in sustainable winter road service. Held in Québec City, the congress wrapped up on February 11.
In the Indian capital, the last stop on his mission to the subcontinent, Québec Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), along with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other high-profile personalities.
Over the last few years, Genticorum has become one of the most sought after proponents of Québécois musical culture. Firmly rooted in the soil of Montreal, the trio weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.
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).