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25 Aug 2011

Premier Charest addresses Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/pm_japon_jour_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">Premier Charest told Japanese businesspeople about the advantages of Québec’s Plan Nord.</span>

On the second day of his mission to Japan, Québec Premier Jean Charest spoke to an audience of businesspeople interested in Québec’s Plan Nord (Northern Plan), during a conference lunch held in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ).

After stressing Québec’s comparative advantages for Japanese investors, Premier Charest said that the Plan Nord will create wealth for Quebecers and bolster relations between Québec and Japan.

“Japan is a natural partner for deployment of the Plan Nord. As a major importer of raw materials, Japan needs to renew and secure its procurement sources. Québec’s potential in terms of rare earth elements is of special interest for Japan, as these elements are essential components of a number of high-tech products, a crucial sector of the Japanese economy,” said the Premier.

During the morning, Premier Charest met with Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Takeaki Matsumoto. He took the opportunity to present the Japanese cabinet minister with a framed copy of a motion adopted by the National Assembly following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11. The meeting was the first ever between a Canadian provincial premier and a Japanese foreign affairs minister. Among other topics, Premier Charest and Minister Matsumoto discussed the Plan Nord and a proposal for an economic partnership between Canada and Japan.

In the evening, accompanied by Jacques Daoust, Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec, the Premier met with senior executives from Japan’s leading trade and financial institutions.

To view a video of Day 2 of the Premier’s mission to Japan, click here (in French).
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