Expo 2010 Shanghai China, which opened on April 30, is devoted largely to sustainable urban development. Taking advantage of this major event, The Climate Group held a meeting recently on the world fair site to discuss the latest efforts in the combat against climate change, particularly electric vehicle development. The Québec government office in Shanghai took part in the meeting.
At the end of his mission to South Korea, Québec’s Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, said that Québec needs to bolster its ties with the East Asian country, which offers numerous opportunities for Québec companies and organizations.
Approximately 250 delegates took part in the 50th annual general meeting of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), which was held from May 6-8 in Québec City, a UNESCO world heritage site. In his remarks at the event, Premier Jean Charest reaffirmed Québec’s commitment to UNESCO.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will leave on May 9 on an economic mission to South Korea and China, countries with which Québec wants to boost trade in order to reinforce and diversify its economy.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will lead an economic solidarity mission to Haiti on April 30 and May 1. Accompanied by a small delegation, he will evaluate the deployment of Québec assistance in the Caribbean nation.
The Québec government office in Barcelona (BQB) has launched an educational kit for teachers and their students in Catalonia. Thanks to this pilot-project promotional tool, elementary and secondary school students enrolled in French courses can find out about Québec in a fun, instructive way.
“This budget proposes action for the short term that will solidify economic recovery, action for the medium term that will restore budgetary balance, and action for the longer term that will foster the emergence of a stronger, more competitive economy,” said Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand, upon tabling the 2010-2011 Québec budget on March 30.
Mining industry leaders have ranked Québec number one in the world list of places for mining exploration and development, according to the annual survey conducted by the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian research organization. The survey seeks to determine the best place in the world for mining investment. Québec topped the survey for the third year in a row.
The Government of Québec recently announced financial support totalling $13.3 million for a project involving the manufacturing of new aerospace products at GE’s Bromont plant. The funds will be provided via Investissement Québec as part of the development strategy for Québec’s aerospace sector.
Québec’s circus arts expertise will benefit from a one-of-a-kind showcase opportunity when Montréal Complètement Cirque (MCC), the inaugural international event dedicated to this discipline, is held in July 2010.
Paul Gérin-Lajoie, a key player in the history of Québec’s international relations, was honoured recently by the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM). He was awarded the CERIUM award for his lifetime international contribution by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.
On April 15, Premier Jean Charest welcomed the CEO of The Climate Group, Steve Howard. Founded in 2004, The Climate Group is an independent organization based in London that collaborates with multinationals, municipalities and the governments of federated states and regions to combat climate change.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will carry out a mission to Haiti at the end of April. He will be accompanied by a small delegation of institutional partners and businesspeople. The purpose of the mission is to assess the deployment of assistance that Québec can offer Haiti.
A mission to Sweden and Norway from April 6 to 9 was an opportunity for Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, and Jacques Daoust, President and CEO of Investissement Québec (IQ), to note the significant potential that these Scandinavian countries represent for Québec, which wants to bolster and diversify its economy. Minister Arcand also confirmed IQ’s intention to set up shop in the Swedish capital.
Québec puppeteers’ creativity and know-how were in the spotlight on March 25 in Barcelona. The exhibition Une Fenêtre ouverte sur les marionnettes du Québec “(“An open window on Québec puppets”), prepared by the Association québécoise des marionnettistes (AQM), opened the premiere edition of the Títelles Objetes Teatre (T•O•T) festival in the Catalonian capital. The premiere edition of the festival drew thousands of visitors of all ages.
The Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ) and the Instituto Jalisciense de la Juventud (IJJ — Jalisco Youth Institute) recently signed a cooperation agreement concerning the implementation of a joint exchange program for young adults in Québec and the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Governments, NGOs and international experts are focusing on sustainable urbanization during the fifth edition of the World Urban Forum, under way in Rio de Janeiro from March 22 to 26. Organized by UN-Habitat, the event is an opportunity for Québec to highlight its expertise in urban issues.
Premier Jean Charest has announced that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has decided to establish a development studio in Québec. The Premier also announced a $7.5 million non-refundable contribution from Investissement Québec for the creation of the studio.
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.