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20 Oct 2011

The Québec Minister of International Relations will head a trade mission to Brazil

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, will head a trade mission to Brazil from October 24 to 28 to strengthen Québec’s presence in this emerging market.

A twenty-strong business delegation will accompany the Minister in order to promote the know-how of Québec businesses with Brazilian partners. Aware of the enormous potential of cooperation with Brazil, representatives from the education and research sectors will also participate in the mission, which will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and São Paulo.

“Québec wants to strengthen its presence in the Brazilian market, a ‘must go’ international business destination. By opening a permanent office in São Paulo, Québec has shown that it is ready to ratchet up its relations with this great emerging power, and I am pleased to note that trade between Québec and Brazil has increased dramatically in recent years,” said Minister Gagnon-Tremblay.

Several political meetings are on the mission program:

  • In Rio de Janeiro, the Minister will hold discussions with Sérgio Cabra, the Governor of the State, on bilateral cooperation and the potential of partnerships in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

  • In Rio and São Paulo, where Minister Gagnon-Tremblay will give a speech on Québec’s economy and the Plan Nord in order to promote the enormous potential of partnerships and trade between Québec and Brazil, notably through the exchange of expertise and investments.

  • In Brasília, where meetings will be held with high-level officials of the Federal Government of Brazil.

Brazil is one of the priority countries of Québec’s International Policy. In 2010, it became Québec’s top trading partner in Latin America (moving ahead of Mexico), with trade in goods and services increasing from $1.1 billion in 2004 to $2.4 billion in 2010, or more than double in six years.
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