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28 Aug 2011

Premier on mission to China

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Mission_Chine_Charest_MGT_2.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/">On the first day of the mission, the Premier and Minister Gagnon-Tremblay took part in the inauguration of a Québec product fair at Shin Kong Place in Beijing, a shopping mall that is home to stores selling a broad array of famous international brands. </span>

Québec Premier Jean Charest is heading an economic mission in China from August 28 to September 2. He is accompanied by Minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Clément Gignac and President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec Jacques Daoust as well as a delegation of representatives from 54 Québec firms and institutions.

The Premier will be visiting three cities of strategic interest to Québec:

  • Beijing
  • Jinan
  • Shanghai.

At each step of the mission, the Premier will have an occasion to present the Plan Nord to Chinese firms and investors during sectoral conferences and seminars organized in collaboration with experts from Investissement Québec and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune. The Plan Nord is of vital interest for Québec’s strategic positioning in Asia and in the more overarching context of creating a new economic space for Québec.

China is currently Québec’s second largest trading partner, with trade volume surpassing CAN $9 billion this year. Québec’s International Policy, which was published in 2006, positions China as a priority country for Québec’s initiatives abroad. Because of this, the Government of Québec has added personnel to its offices in China and has made major investments in cooperation projects in the fields of science and technology. Québec also opened a tourism office in Beijing last October.

Québec-China relations
Québec Government Office in Beijing
Québec Government Office in Shanghai
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