Areas of collaboration
Bilaterally, Québec’s efforts to establish collaborative relations with South Korea are essentially set out in priorities 1 and 3 of Québec’s International Policy.
Building a more prosperous Québec
South Korea (11th largest economy in the world) was Québec’s 11th largest trading partner in 2016, with trade in goods totalling $2.1 billion. For more information on trade relations between Québec and South Korea, please consult the Note sur l’économie et le commerce de la Corée du Sud (French only).
The Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, which took effect on January 1, 2015, is the first of this type between Canada and an Asian country. It will benefit Québec companies and stimulate trade relations between Québec and South Korea, notably in the agricultural and bio-food, value-added wood product, clean technology and information technology sectors.
Promoting Québec’s creativity, culture, knowledge and specificity
Research, innovation and knowledge development
South Korea is a world leader in innovation, with research and development (R&D) expenditures making up 4.2% of its GDP in 2015. The ratification, in December 2016, of the Science, Technology and Innovation Agreement between Canada and South Korea should stimulate the establishment of strategic research and innovation partnerships. The South Korean President has, moreover, made this one of the priorities of his next five-year plan, notably in sectors related to the fourth industrial revolution.
For example, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace (CRIAQ) signed a first agreement in February 2017 with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) in order to significantly step up R&D collaboration in the aerospace sector.
South Korea is a market of interest for the export of Québec cultural products, especially the performing arts. It is for this reason that the Québec Trade Office in Seoul supports Québec arts organizations, cultural enterprises and artists in their efforts to increase their market share in South Korea by participating in, among other, the Performing Arts Market in Seoul and the Busan International Film Festival.
On the occasion of the Francophonie Summit in Antananarivo (Madagascar) at the end of November 2016, the Government of Québec joined the consensus to allow South Korea to accede to Observer status in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Supported by BQS, the Korean Association of Québec Studies, which saw the day in 2006, brings together South Korean professors who share an interest in Québec literature, identity and culture. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies has also been offering a summer class on Québec civilization and culture since 2007.
Last update: 2017-11-28 8:53:47 AM