The team at the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) have been extremely busy recently, with many activities taking place on our territory. At the end of January, we welcomed two successful ministerial missions, as the Chair of the Conseil du Trésor, Mr. Pierre Arcand, came to London on mission, and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pierre Moreau, visited Norway on mission. Two other ministers came on working trips to the UK in February.
On February 21st and 22nd, Mr. Robert Poëti, the Minister for Integrity in Public Procurement and for Information Resources, was on mission in London and Edinburgh. During his stay, Minister Poëti was able to learn more about good practice in open government and digital government services. In London, the Minister was able to meet with, notably, Kevin Cunnington, Director General of the Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office. The Minister also met representatives from the British Standards Institution in order to discuss the new international standard ISO 37001. In Edinburgh, he met with Ministers Derek MacKay and Joe Fitzpatrick, as well as with Mr. Colin Cook, Director of Digital at the Scottish Government. These three meetings enabled the Minister to familiarise himself with the practices in open government put in place by the Scottish authorities.
The Minister responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, Ms. Lise Thériault, came to London on February 26th, in order to study consumer protection measures in the UK. She took the opportunity to meet with, notably, Ms. Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International, as well as with Minister Andrew Griffiths, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She also had useful meetings with experts from the Competition and Markets Authority, and from the charity Which?, an organisation which offers diverse services to consumers to help them defend their rights.
Following on from these four ministerial missions in early 2018, the DGQL team are looking forward to this month of March, during which many activities linked to International Francophonie Day are being organized, to promote and celebrate French language in the UK!