Two years after the powerful earthquake that devastated Haiti, the Québec government and its partners – Hydro-Québec and Collaboration St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu-Haiti – today announced the construction of a 20 kW micro hydro power plant to provide basic services to the community of Labrousse in Haiti.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMROT), Laurent Lessard, undertook a mission to Europe from December 10 to 18. He visited Belgium, Luxembourg and France to discuss the social economy’s status and progress.
Jeannette Bougrab, the French Secretary of State for Youth and Associations, was in Québec City from December 7 to 19, 2011. During her visit, Minister Bougrab and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Québec Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, co-chaired the 57th Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Office franco-québécois pour la Jeunesse (OFQJ). The meeting was all the more important given that it was the occasion to seal a new agreement between the Québec and French governments with respect to OFQJ aimed at strengthening the governance of the organization.
The 22nd Conference of Ministers Responsible for TV5 was held in Paris on December 5. The Deputy Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women, Sylvie Barcelo, represented the Government of Québec at the conference.
The 27th meeting of the Francophone Ministerial Conference was held on December 1 and 2 in Paris. The second-most-important agency of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Ministerial Conference is made up of ministers of foreign affairs and ministers responsible for La Francophonie from the OIF member states and governments. Its mission is to ensure the implementation of decisions made at the previous Francophone Summit and prepare the next Summit. Québec was represented at this year’s meeting by Michel Robitaille, Premier Charest’s personal envoy to the OIF.
Québec will be participating in the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that is being held from November 28 to December 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa. The Parties to the Convention will pursue the implementation of the Cancun Agreements reached last year and will discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol, which is set to end in December 2012.
At the close of a five-day mission to Germany, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Monique Gagnon-Tremblay stressed the fact that over the past 40 years Québec and Germany have built a relationship of trust based on cooperation and innovation. This relationship promises a prosperous future and will enable Québec to embark on new areas of development, especially as a result of the Plan Nord.
Regional Conference of Capitale-Nationale MNAs and the Aquitaine Regional Council are proud of the new French-Québec guide to good practices to encourage academic success and student retention released on October 20, 2011, in Québec City at the 2nd Rencontres interrégionales sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires [Interregional Meetings on Student Retention and Academic Success.
The 2nd Québec-Haiti Business Forum was held on November 17 and 18 in Montréal under the theme “Québec-Haiti: a vital partnership in the reconstruction of Haiti,” with funding support from the ministère des Relations internationales.
Premier Jean Charest signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China, represented by Cao Jianlin, Vice Minister of Science and Technology, on October 27, 2011.
Road safety knows no borders, and government officials in France and Québec share a commitment to do all they can to prevent road fatalities. Significant efforts have been deployed in this area over the past few years on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of these initiatives fall squarely under the heading of France-Québec cooperation.
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will head a trade mission to Brazil from October 24 to 28 to strengthen Québec’s presence in this emerging market.
Dozens of French and Québec researchers connected to the Institut de Nutrition Aquitaine Québec (INAQ) will meet in Quebec City on September 29 and 30 to share their knowledge of public health issues related to nutrition, such as obesity and aging. This is the third scientific meeting under the auspices of INAQ, a project that was created through collaboration between France and Québec.
Stakeholders in the global francophone university community gathered in Montréal on September 23 and 24 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Agence universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF - Francophone University Agency).
Commissioned by the French Prime Minister François Fillon to coordinate France’s actions with respect to the Plan Nord, the French Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy, Éric Besson, visited Québec from September 7 to 10 accompanied by a delegation representing 14 French companies.
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is in Europe from June 14 to 27. Her mission will take her to Russia, France and Italy.