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12 Nov 2012

Mission to China: Deputy Premier looking to expand economic ties

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Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron will be heading an economic mission to China from November 12 to 16. Mr. Gendron will provide support to some thirty Québec companies that will be travelling to Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Shanghai to participate in activities in the aerospace, cosmetics and agri-food sectors.

“These companies can count on our support, because each time they make inroads in a foreign market they create jobs and generate economic benefits for Québec,” said the Deputy Premier.

Aerospace industry

Airshow China, which will be held in Zhuhai (Guangdong) from November 13 to 18, 2012, is the only aerospace trade show endorsed by the Chinese central government. The Chinese aviation industry is the second largest in the world after the United States.

In 2011, Québec’s aerospace sector:

  • Posted sales of $11.7 billion
  • Employed 42,040 people (55% of all jobs in the Canadian aerospace industry)

Cosmetics industry

The 17th edition of Cosmoprof Asia, the premier cosmetics industry trade show in Asia, will be held from November 14 to 16, 2012, in Hong Kong. Cosmoprof Asia is the ideal gateway for foreign companies wishing to do business in Asia.

Québec is a leader in the personal care products industry:

  • 150 companies
  • 4,200 employees
  • $2.2 billion in annual sales

Agri-food industry

Agri-Food Export Group Québec-Canada and Canada Pork International will be at the helm of the third component of the mission in which 16 Québec agri-food companies will be exhibiting their products at the Food and Hotel China 2012 trade show in Shanghai.

The Québec food, beverage and tobacco processing industry employs nearly 65,000 people and generates $23.8 billion in annual sales.

Deputy Premier Gendron concluded: “China has become our biggest trading partner in Asia and the second biggest in the world.”

Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron

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