I can scarcely believe that spring has sprung and Eastertide or the Bank Holiday Weekend is almost upon us. In my last message I mentioned my participating in two events which took place in Québec last February: first, the International Symposium on Northern Development which marked the building of a bridge for Arctic knowledge sharing between Northern American territories such as Québec & the European Arctic and second, the CÉRIUM International Conference on the Future of Diplomacy at which I presented the case of Québec diplomacy present and future against a fast-changing global backdrop.
Between 16 - 22 March, 2015 the Québec Government Office in London and other London-based international Francophone representations and bodies took part in a weeklong programme of events held across the British capital to celebrate World Francophonie Day, held each year on 20 March.
Last week from 24 - 26 March 2015, Québec’s Agent-General in London Mr Christos Sirros conducted his first official mission to Scotland since his appointment in late December 2014 and met with a number of key political and governing body representatives. As part of this wider mission and by invitation of the European and External Relations Committee, Mr Sirros gave evidence before the Committee on how Québec engages on the international scene. The mission helped strengthen existing ties and explore new areas for collaboration between both nations as well as reminding of the many fields and areas in which Québec has a lot to offer.
In the frame of its regular Sonic Cinema strand, BFI Southbank teams up with Québec digital creativity festivals MUTEK and ELEKTRA to present a bold and ambitious series of live audiovisual performances, featuring 8 UK Premieres over two consecutive nights.
Every year, in order to celebrate la Journée international de la Francophonie (International Francophonie Day), lovers of French around the world are invited to celebrate the language of Voltaire in all its diversity during the la semaine de la Francophonie, a week dedicated to Francophone events. Having become, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson, ‘France's sixth biggest city', it comes as little surprise that this festive Francophone gathering has etched its place in the British Capital’s calendar of events.
From February 25 to 27, 2015, a broad range of specialists from several different countries will converge on Québec to share their knowledge, experience and vision for sustainable northern development at the International Symposium on Northern Development. The program for this international-calibre symposium has recently been made public.
Between 15–24 January, Québec’s Premier Philippe Couillard undertook a mission in Europe which took him to the United Kingdom and Belgium, as well as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The objective: to lay out Québec’s economic priorities, including key components such as the Plan Nord and Maritime Strategy.
Last Monday 26 January, the Québec Government Office in London received at the request of Université Laval, a student delegation from the university’s students association, CIMAL-Laval. The group are presently in the United-Kingdom to take part in an international university event. Staff at the Québec Government Office in London gave the delegates an overview of the mission and activities covered by the representation across its mandated territories and were able to exchange with the students on various issues.
The British Council (BC), the Québec Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) and the Québec Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) are pleased to invite you to submit an application for financial support to carry out a cultural cooperation project between Québec and the UK.
As part of the activities marking its 50th anniversary, the Québec Government Office in Paris (DGQP) recently partnered with the Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle – Paris 3 and the International Association of Québec Studies (AIEQ) to host a colloquium on literary exchanges and cooperation between France and Québec. The colloquium was geared to instructors, students, writers, journalists and researchers.
Minister for Tourism Pascal Bérubé will represent the Québec government at the official launch of Bül in Brussels on December 13. The event wraps up the celebrations held to mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Québec government office in Brussels (DGQB). Minister Bérubé will meet with the elected representatives responsible for tourism in Brussels, Wallonia and Namur, as well as tour operators and specialized tourism media representatives.
General programming for the celebratory activities of the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris in 2011 was unveiled on November 26 by Québec Premier Jean Charest. An overview of the programming is available at www.quebec.fr/50
At the close of the XV Francophonie Summit, held last week in the Senegalese capital city Dakar, and by a unanimous decision following closed consultations between the Heads of the organisation’s Member States and Governments, Mrs Michaëlle Jean was chosen to succeed Mr Abdou Diouf as Secretary-General to the Organisation International de la Francophonie (OIF). Mrs Jean is the first woman to hold this function.
On November 14, the Deputy Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, Michel Audet, together with the president of the jury, Diane Wilhelmy, presented the Public Administration of Québec (IAPQ) 2012 International Impact Award to the Québec Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITHQ).