The 41st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is under way in Davos, Switzerland, from January 26 to 28. Québec Premier Jean Charest and Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, are taking part in the event. Their stay in the Swiss town is an opportunity for them to meet with a number of political and economic decision-makers.
Sharing Québec’s experience in manpower mobility
At the special invitation of the WEF, Premier Charest will take part in a workshop on manpower mobility. He will have a chance to discuss Québec’s experience in this area since the signing in October 2008 with French President Nicolas Sarkozy of a Québec-France agreement on mutual recognition of professional competence. He will also participate in a workshop on ways to speed up the shift to clean energy in the transportation sector.
Minister Clément Gignac is a member of the prestigious new Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness launched by the WEF. He had the privilege last spring of being invited to serve as an ambassador on the new expert committee. He is the only Canadian political figure to sit on one of the Global Agenda Council committees, which bring together world leaders in a wide array of areas.
Davos, an essential meeting point
The WEF annual meeting is an exceptional opportunity to promote Québec’s vision of current issues, build and expand business relations and meet with senior executives from multinational companies in order to attract high-quality investments and reinvestments to Québec.
Québec has taken part in the Davos forum since 1989. Over 2,500 people from close to a hundred countries attend the WEF annual meeting. In addition to numerous economic decision-makers, experts and civil society representatives, the annual event draws dozens of heads of state.
Davos 2011 – Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum