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24 May 2013

Minister Jean-François Lisée on a mission to the United Kingdom

Minister Jean-Francois Lisée with Stéphane Paquet, the Québec Delegate General in London (photo Gemma Spiers)

During his first mission to the United Kingdom, Minister Lisée met with representatives of the business community as well as with several opinion leaders, including the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Group.

The Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade gave a talk entitled “London at the heart of emerging markets” in which he recalled the common history that began by nurturing the relationship between Québec and the United Kingdom, which then strengthened over decades of exchanges and partnerships.

Québec’s priorities

The private talk with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, gave Minister Lisée the opportunity to set out the objectives and priorities that the Government of Québec wishes to put forward for African, Caribbean and Pacific region countries.

The development of a dialogue between the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Secretariat of the Commonwealth is aimed at strengthening the integration of countries in the global south into the international trading system.

Demonstrating Québec’s commitment to the fight against climate change dominated the discussions with the President and CEO of the Climate Group, Mark Kenber. Minister Lisée described some of the more recent initiatives to develop greener industries, including the creation of a $200 million fund for the development of clean technologies and the electrification of transportation.

A prime market for Québec companies

The United Kingdom is a priority overseas market for Québec. This economic and financial centre is a global trade hub and provides access to a multitude of national and international companies.

“London is a platform of choice for attracting foreign investment and promoting the creativity of Québec products and services in addition to being a strategic entry point for doing business in emerging economies,” said the Minister.

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