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18 Mar 2011

Québec strengthens its ties with Russia

The Governor of the Leningrad Region and the Premier of Québec.

On March 16, the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and the Governor of the Leningrad Region, Valery Serdyukov, signed a cooperation agreement in Québec City to develop relations in a number of industrial and economic sectors.

The Leningrad Region, which surrounds the city of Saint Petersburg in northwest Russia, offers a favourable environment for foreign investment and shows promising potential for exporting Québec know-how. The new agreement will enable the exchange of expertise between governments, institutions and businesses in the following sectors:

  • bio-food
  • new technologies and innovation
  • environment and natural resource protection
  • economic development.

Cooperation in education and sports is also planned.

Russia: a priority market

The cooperation agreement with the Leningrad Region stems from the Québec government’s desire to forge lasting ties with Russia. It is a direct outcome of the Québec Premier’s mission to Russia in 2009. At that time, Mr. Charest met with Governor Serdyukov and also signed a first declaration of cooperation in Russia with the Moscow Region.

During the March 17 budget speech, the Québec government announced the opening of a Québec Government Office in Russia, thereby recognizing the growing importance of Russia’s economy in international trade relations.

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