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Québec and Belgium’s French-speaking population maintain very strong relations. Each year, political representatives undertake numerous visits on both sides of the Atlantic.
The signing of a framework agreement with the three French-speaking partners in Belgium (Walloon Region and French Community Commission of the Brussels-Capital Region) in March 1999 terminated the previous agreements by creating the Standing Joint Committee on Québec/Wallonia-Brussels Cooperation. It provides for the implementation of approximately 80 projects annually in a variety of sectors such as culture, higher learning, education, vocational training, economy, the environment, research and innovation, and housing. French-speaking Belgium is currently Québec’s second largest partner in terms of cooperation.
Québec has been represented in Brussels by a General Delegation since 1972. The French Community of Belgium (FCB) and the Walloon Region have had representations in Québec City since 1982.
Main areas of collaboration
Economic relations between Québec and Wallonia-Brussels are a key focus of cooperation.
Within the framework of its industrial cooperation with the Wallonia-Brussels community, the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) and the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX) offer an industrial agreement program (PAI) that facilitates seeking partners and provides financial support for networking among companies.
Last update: 2019-04-18 10:11:58 AM