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20 Jun 2011

Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum: Québec strengthens its presence in Russia

Minister Gagnon-Tremblay during her meeting with the Chair of the Leningrad Committee on External and Interregional Economic Relations, Vladimir Kolesnikov

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, participated in the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum from June 16 to 18. The meetings held on the sidelines of the economic and political rendezvous provided an opportunity to develop relations with existing and potential partners in Russia and to promote the Northern Plan.

“In order to diversify Québec’s economy, the Government of Québec is seeking to reinforce ties with new partners that are among the most dynamic in the world, including Russia. The meetings held over the past few days have helped strengthen our presence in this country, which is one of our foreign priorities, especially since we would like to open a Québec Government Office in Russia,” said the Minister.

Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay met with officials from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation to:

  • Present a broad overview of the Northern Plan. Québec is seeking to attract foreign investors to develop Northern Québec, and Russia, as a Nordic country, is a key potential partner in this respect.
  • Highlight the cooperative ties Québec has developed with the Leningrad and Moscow regions, which are natural gateways to Russia for Québec.

Meetings were also held with representatives of these Russian regions. Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay met with the Chair of the Leningrad Committee on External and Interregional Economic Relations, Vladimir Kolesnikov. They discussed potential collaborative efforts in the agri-food, forest exploration, and information technology sectors in the wake of the signing of a cooperation agreement in March by the Québec Premier and Governor Valery Serdyukov. The Minister also met with the head of the International Relations Department of the Moscow City Government, Sergei Evgenievich Tcheriomine. It should be pointed out that Québec and the Moscow City Government are co-signatories of a declaration on cooperation.

Lastly, the Minister met with the governors of the Krasnoyarsk, Komis and Vologda regions, as well as with representatives of the Saint-Petersburg City Government.

“Québec already has a foothold in Russia. Some of our companies are doing good business there and our culture has achieved undeniable success. Our goals now are to fully profit from the potential that Russian markets offer Québec companies and to encourage even more exchanges between our experts, researchers and creators,” concluded Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.

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