As part of the 16th Alternating Meeting of Québec’s Premier and France’s Prime Minister, Jean Charest, Québec’s Premier, and François Fillon, Prime Minister of the French Republic, agreed on new actions that seek to strengthen relations between Québec and France.
Québec and Alsace celebrated 10 years of cooperation from November 24 to 26, with a series of activities that took place across Alsace. On an official mission in France, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, traveled yesterday to Strasbourg.
Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, and Henri de Raincourt, Minister Delegate to the Minister of State and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Responsible for Cooperation, announced the signing of 10 new mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) at a ceremony in Paris yesterday [November 23]. The event was attended by representatives of Québec’s and France’s regulatory bodies.
Enerkem, a Québec-based company specializing in the production of biofuels from waste materials, was named one of the 100 best companies in the clean technology sector. Enerkem was chosen as part of the prestigious 2010 Global Cleantech 100 program organized by the Cleantech Group in collaboration with the Guardian Media Group.
The Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB – Brussels Transport Company) has confirmed the acquisition of 65 new FLEXITY Outlook trams. The order boosts the total number of Bombardier trams operated by the Belgian capital to 220.
Chong Hoon Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, who took up his duties recently in Montréal, was in Québec City on November 3 for an official visit. The South Korean representative met with Premier Jean Charest and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie.
Québec is taking part in the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity, which is being held in Nagoya, Japan from October 18-29, 2010. The event brings together 193 signatories of the 1992 Convention on the Protection of Biodiversity (also known as the Rio Convention). Québec is participating within the Canadian delegation.
Québec will host the first French Language World Form in 2012. Québec Premier Jean Charest made the announcement at the close of the Montreux Summit. The decision illustrates the confidence that Secretary General Abdou Diouf and the heads of member states and governments of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) have in Québec.
Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, are attending the 13th Francophonie Summit being held in Montreux, Switzerland, until October 24. Québec’s initiatives within this multilateral organization will focus on three challenges.
Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke at the opening ceremony for Climate Week NYC, which was held in New York City on September 20. He took the opportunity to promote Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change and to focus attention on the environment and green technology industry’s growing role in Québec. Mr. Charest was accompanied by Pierre Arcand, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
A mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) providing for greater trans-Atlantic mobility for city planners was signed in Montreal on October 4. Premier Jean Charest and France’s Consul General in Québec City, Hélène Le Gal, attended the signing ceremony together with the presidents of Québec and France’s professional city planning associations.
The city of Sherbrooke played host to an impressive French delegation primarily from Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region for a week of discussions on France and Québec. Focusing on academic affairs, science, politics and tourism, the activities began on October 4 and 5 with the 3rd meeting of professionals responsible for university cooperation between France and Québec.