Main areas of collaboration

Economic relations

Highlights

Value of trade in goods between Québec and Russia in 2011: $990.1 million (up 2.6% compared with 2010).

Québec exports of goods to Russia in 2011: $562.4 million (up 41.2% compared with 2010).

Russia is Québec’s ninth-largest international customer.

Main Québec exports to Russia:

  • frozen pork
  • airplanes and other aircraft
  • snowmobiles, golf carts and used motor vehicles
  • gas turbines
  • oriented strand board

Québec imports from Russia in 2011: $427.7 million (down 24.5% compared with 2010).

Russia is Quebec’s 30th-largest international supplier of goods.

Main products imported from Russia:

  • urea and ammonium nitrate
  • motor spirits
  • petroleum products for refining
  • light petroleum oils
  • crude petroleum oils

Business opportunities in Russia

Business opportunities in Russia are concentrated in four regions:

  • Moscow
  • Leningrad Oblast
  • St. Petersburg
  • Krasnoyarsk

The number of Québec trade missions to Russia is growing. Participation in trade fairs in the following sectors offers highly promising prospects:

  • construction and infrastructure
  • agricultural equipment and machinery
  • forestry and forestry equipment
  • fashion and consumer products

Major trade missions have been deployed recently or are planned for 2012 and 2013:

  • Intercharm 2012, from October 24 to 27.

    Intercharm is the largest beauty products trade fair in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Bilateral cooperation

Relations between Québec and Russia are based in part on two cooperation agreements, one of them signed with Moscow (in French) and the other with Leningrad Oblast (in French).

A number of cultural and academic projects have emerged from these agreements.

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Education

Québec is active in Russia via the Moscow-Québec Interuniversity Centre, which it helped create in 1997. Based at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) in Moscow and Université Laval in Québec City, the Centre is responsible for a variety of projects designed to expand ties between the Russian and Québec cultural sectors.

The Centre also manages a major program for student exchanges between the two universities. RSUH is the only Russian university with two Québec studies programs.

In turn, Université Laval promotes Russia and the Russian language, in particular through its Russian studies certificate program.

The Moscow-Québec Interuniversity Centre also manages the Québec-Russia fellowship, aimed at encouraging Russian and Québec graduate students to conduct research on political, economic and cultural topics in Québec and Russia. Shared equally by a Russian student and a Québec student, the fellowship offers both recipients a chance for an internship (minimum of three months) in the partner country.

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Municipal affairs

A trip to Québec City in 2002 by the Governor of St. Petersburg served as the backdrop for the signing of a friendship pact between the two cities. The cities exchanged bronze busts of poets Alexander Pushkin and Émile Nelligan.

In Québec City, the Pushkin and Nelligan monuments are located along rue d’Auteuil. In addition to the busts, each monument features a famous poem and a period engraving of St. Petersburg or Québec City. The busts were created by Gregory Pototsky, an internationally renowned Russian sculptor. His Émile Nelligan statue was installed in 2003 on a public square in front of St. Petersburg University’s Academy of Arts and Letters, as part of the celebrations surrounding the 300th anniversary of the city’s founding.

In 2004, the City of St. Petersburg manned a pavilion at Expo Québec.

The cities of Montréal and Moscow signed a cooperation memorandum in 1999. More recently, in August 2009, at the invitation of the Mayor of Montréal, Anton Kulbachevsky, Head of the Moscow City Government’s Department for Environmental Management and Protection, took part in the 9th Ecocity Summit.

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Northern Forum

As a member since 2010 of the Northern Forum, a multilateral association of northern regional governments, Québec is building relations with regions of northern Russia. Québec welcomed the Northern Forum’s regional coordinators in April 2012, along with the President of the Sakha Republic and a delegation from Khanty-Mansis Autonomous Region.

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Last update: 2017-03-17 3:07:42 PM