Festivities held at former French concession in Shanghai
Yves Nadon, Business Events Committee Chairman, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (CCCS); Carley Pulford, Executive Director, CCCS; and François Gaudreau, Québec Government Representative in Shanghai.
Many Quebecers in Shanghai celebrated Québec’s National Holiday with their Chinese friends. Around 100 people attended celebrations on the evening of June 21 organized in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Following the trade missions headed by Premier Jean Charest in 2005, 2008 and 2011, China affirmed its position as a priority country, as stipulated in Québec’s International Policy. The Québec-Shanghai Cooperation Agreement signed in 2011 is among the major achievements stemming from Québec’s initiatives in China. Today, Shanghai is an extremely attractive region for Québec companies. Nicole Ménard, Minister of Tourism, led a promotion mission there earlier this year to present Québec as a tourist destination to this rapidly developing market.
Québec’s actions in China are primarily aimed at promoting trade and investment. They also focus on exchanges in the education as well as science and technology sectors. Indeed, Québec cultural products are beginning to gain popularity in the Chinese market. As a result, Québec’s identity, language and culture enjoy high visibility.
The National Holiday is an excellent opportunity to maintain friendly ties between Quebecers and the Chinese and this year’s activity was a resounding success.