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16 Mar 2013

New impetus to relations between France and Québec

Signing of the Record of Decisions at the National Assembly on March 15, 2013, by the Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, and the Prime Minister of the French Republic, Jean-Marc Ayrault

The Premier of Québec, Pauline Marois, and the Prime Minister of the French Republic, Jean-Marc Ayrault, agreed on a series of actions at the 17th Alternating Meeting of the Premier of Québec and the Prime Minister of France that will give new impetus to relations between France and Québec.

Economy and innovation

The Premier and Prime Minister made the development of trade and investment a priority.

Québec and France wish to develop cooperation between the Banque de développement économique and the Banque publique d’investissement française to provide financial support for companies seeking to invest in Québec and France.

The Premier and Prime Minister would like to see the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union negotiations brought to a rapid conclusion and are committed to promoting the initiative.

Three new themes will guide the actions of the Groupe franco-québécois de coopération économique (GFQCE): innovation and creativity, the green economy and the social and solidarity economy.

The following were among the measures announced:

  • Establish a dialogue between France and Québec on leadership in the innovation and creativity sector in the lead up to the C2-MTL conference
  • Support projects in the fields of clean technology, renewable energy and emerging transportation technology
  • Sign a cooperation agreement on the social and solidarity economy to promote exchanges in the areas of cooperative models, financing and labelling

The Premier and Prime Minister spoke yesterday evening in Montréal at a meeting of hundreds of Québec and French business leaders convened at the initiative of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

Youth

The Premier and Prime Minister pointed to the growing place accorded to the new generation of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial mentoring and vocational training for young people in the programs of the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ).

Young people, creativity and new technologies play a leading role in the vitality of cultural cooperation. The Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) were thus called upon to foster partnerships and coproductions.

The challenges facing society and solidarity

Ms. Marois and Mr. Ayrault welcomed the results achieved under the Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. They encouraged the competent authorities to step up their efforts, in particular the implementation of mutual recognition arrangements already agreed upon.

Lastly, the Premier and Prime Minister agreed to work together to ensure that the Francophonie develops an ambitious economic strategy based on extensive consultations in order to contribute to growth and employment.

Record of decisions (French only)


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