Economic spinoffs from Brazil mission
<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/entente_500_V1.jpg')"><i>Click to enlarge</i></div><span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Signing of a clean technology agreement. São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin and Premier Jean Charest. </span>
Over 400 business meetings and 100 meetings between researchers, a memorandum of understanding with the State of São Paulo, a joint declaration on the Plan Nord, clean technology projects and the inauguration of a new Bombardier Transport facility are just a few of the benefits arising from the mission by Premier Charest and ministers Gagnon-Tremblay and Hamad to Brazil from April 10 to 13, 2012.
Premier Jean Charest signed a Protocol of Intention with the Governor of the State of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, at the conference with a view to developing and promoting the commercialization of clean technologies. The Protocol was the result of discussions following the mission by Minister of International Relations, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, to Brazil in October 2011.
A Joint Declaration on joint initiatives related to the Plan Nord was also signed by Mr. Charest and his Bavarian counterpart, Minister-President Horst Seehofer.
The Premier also hosted a conference on the investment potential and possibilities of partnerships in major current and future projects in Québec, including the Plan Nord. The event attracted nearly 200 people and was an occasion for Québec companies to build and strengthen partnerships with Brazilian business leaders.
Mr. Charest and Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE), Sam Hamad, also met with a number of leaders of Brazil’s public transit sector during the inauguration of a Bombardier Transport facility. “This new facility was built to ensure the delivery of nearly 400 cars for São Paulo’s new monorail. The contract, estimated at nearly $800 million for Bombardier, has already benefited Québec. Over 60,000 hours have already been devoted to the engineering aspect of the project by Bombardier Transport in Québec,” explained Minister Hamad. In addition, FDC Composites of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has been contracted to manufacture technical components for the interior of the cars.
CAE Training Centre
The mission ended at CAE’s centre in São Paulo, which provides training to over 6,000 South American pilots and technicians annually. In 2011, CAE announced the expansion of the centre as well as the provision of training for business aircraft and helicopters. The spinoffs for Québec are immediate since all the civil flight simulators designed by CAE are developed and manufactured in Montréal.
Academic and business links
- 60 Québec companies and research institutes represented by 79 participants
- 400 business meetings
- Meetings with partners at 15 Brazilian research institutes
- 100 one-on-one meetings between researchers
Québec Government Office in São Paulo
MDEIE – Business opportunities in Brazil (French only)