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2 Feb 2012

Minister meets consular representatives stationed in Québec

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On January 31 in Montréal, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, met with 56 diplomats stationed in Québec, including representatives of Belgium, France, Honduras, Portugal, Tunisia, Lebanon, Greece, Russia, Wallonia-Brussels, the United Kingdom, the United States, Yemen and Lithuania.

The Minister took the opportunity to provide the consuls, heads of post, members of the consular corps and representatives of international governmental organizations with a brief description of Québec’s international impact in 2011 and an overview of Québec’s key efforts planned for 2012.

A few highlights:

  • Launch of the Plan Nord by Premier Charest.

  • Negotiations leading up to a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, which should be finalized in 2012.

  • Upcoming launch of Québec’s European Strategy, aimed at better coordination of the Québec government’s efforts in Europe.

  • Ongoing deployment of the Québec government’s U.S. Strategy, including promotion of hydroelectricity and high-speed train corridors.

  • Major missions to Mexico, Italy, Brazil, Japan, China and India, aimed at consolidating political and institutional ties and developing partnerships and agreements

  • Reassertion of Québec’s long-term commitment to Haiti through various aid initiatives

  • Importance for the Québec government of environmental protection and sustainable development, illustrated by its strong participation in the Rio+20 Conference and commitment to the Kyoto Protocol

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay wrapped up her address by emphasizing Québec’s important role as a member-state of La Francophonie: “Our leadership is real, because we believe in the vitality of this francophone political space. In 2012, Québec and its capital city will have the privilege of hosting the very first Global French Language Forum.
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