The Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Mr. Pierre Arcand, salutes the appointment of Mr. John Parisella as the new Québec Delegate General in New York and that of Mr. Robert Keating as Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations beginning November 16, 2009.
On mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand met with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Koichi Takemasa. This marks Mr. Takemasa’s first meeting with a foreign diplomat since the election of the new Hatoyama government on August 30, 2009.
HELITECH, DUXFORD, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney Canada and MTU Aero Engines, has signed a new 10-year Fleet Management Program (FMP(R)) agreement with the Netherlands Police Agency KLPD (Korps landelijke politiediensten) to provide comprehensive maintenance support for P&WC engines installed on its fleet of Eurocopter EC135 and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Currently on mission to Japan, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie Pierre Arcand stressed the “importance for Québec’s academic institutions and scientific research community to act on existing collaborative R&D opportunities in Japan. Québec has expertise in certain scientific sectors that should be promoted in Japan and also stands to benefit from technological transfers in a number of complementary research sectors.”
During the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC on September 21, Premier Jean Charest spoke on behalf of States, provinces and regions in order to emphasize their concrete and crucial contribution in reducing greenhouse gases emissions. The ceremony was presided over by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as well as government and business representatives.
A joint declaration announcing the creation of a France-Québec migration movement and integration working group was signed in Paris on September 14 by the French Minister of Immigration and Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development, Éric Besson, and the Québec Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Yolande James.
During his official mission to Japan from September 22 to October 1, the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, will attend the Tokyo Game Show to support Québec’s video game development industry in its prospecting efforts among the world’s foremost players in the field.
Brussels, September 11, 2009 – As part of a three-way joint project, the Québec and Canadian governments and GlaxoSmithKline inc. (GSK) have announced that $60 million in non-refundable funding, spread over three years, will be awarded to GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals.
St-Hyacinthe, Québec: September 3, 2009, CTT GROUP (Centre for Textile and Geosynthetic Technologies, recognized as a centre of excellence) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada and CENTEXBEL (Scientific and Technical Research Centre of the Belgian Textile Industry) in Brussels, Belgium, have signed a new technological cooperation agreement. Jan Laperre, Director General of Centexbel, and Jacek Mlynarek, CEO of CTT Group, signed the agreement in the presence of Québec Government Representative in Brussels Christos Sirros.
Premiers and governors attending the 33rd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (CNEG/ECP) renewed their commitment to a greener, more environmentally friendly economy. Premier Jean Charest was in Saint John, New Brunswick to participate in the meeting, whose theme was “Close Collaboration – Stronger Economies.”
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, delivered a positive report on his official visit to Spain (September 7-11), which included meetings with some 15 high-level political figures and visits to a variety of industrial and cultural centres. He also announced four new cooperation projects during his trip.
Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, celebrated the 10th anniversary of Québec’s Government Office in Barcelona at a reception held during his official visit to Spain. The event was attended by a number of political figures from Catalonia and Québec, including Yvon Vallières, Speaker of the National Assembly, who headed a delegation of Québec lawmakers.
Mediators and ombudsmen from 25 francophone countries converged on Québec City from September 7 to 9. Some 75 officials took part in the sixth convention of the Association des ombudsman et médiateurs de la Francophonie (AOMF), held around the theme “Mediators, politics and justice: Toward equitable access to rights.”
On September 8, political figures, historians and observers of France-Québec relations took part in the Symposium on the 150th anniversary of the Consulate General of France in Québec City. The event made it possible to mark the milestones of France-Québec relations since the institution of the French diplomatic post in Québec City in 1859 and determine new prospects for this fruitful collaboration.