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4 Apr 2014

Mid-term meeting of the 64th session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise

The mid-term meeting of the 64th session of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise (CPCFQ) was held in Quebec City on March 26 and jointly chaired by Maryse Bossière, Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), and Michel Audet, Deputy Minister of the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur du Québec (MRIFCE).

The co-chairs reminded meeting participants that the CPCFQ is the main institutional mechanism for coordinating exchanges between France and Québec and for implementing mutual cooperation agreements.

The CPCFQ is unique in its scope and its many areas of activity. It has no less than around one hundred programs, funds and projects deployed in the fields of sustainable development, health and social services, cultural cooperation, language, justice, higher learning, science and technology. The MRIFCE contributes $1,220,000 annually for these projects.

The co-chairs pointed out the enthusiasm in relations between France and Québec and explained that in 2013 alone, there were no fewer than 16 ministerial missions conducted by the representatives of the Québec and French governments.

As an example, they mentioned the Québec Premier’s mission in France in December 2013 in addition to the 17th Alternating Meeting of Québec’s Premier and France’s Prime Minister on March 14 and 15, 2013.

Other missions are already being prepared for next year. More specifically, President Hollande's stopover in Québec during his scheduled visit to Canada in October 2014 will be the next major bilateral meeting and opportunity to deepen the strategic partnership with France.

Call for projects – 65th session – 2015-2016 BIENNIUM of the Commission permanente de coopération franco-québécoise


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