Official visit to China (October 9-17): Pierre Arcand reaffirms Québec's environmental leadership roleQuébec City, October 8, 2009 – Pierre Arcand, Québec's Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, will be undertaking an official visit to China from October 9-17. He will be accompanied by a large delegation of approximately 50 people representing Québec companies and institutions, together with environmental and IT researchers and representatives of the tourism sector and the Centre for the International Promotion of Québec's Public Administration Expertise (CVIEPQ).
The delegation will be taking part in a series of environmental forums in Beijing, Shanghai and Jinan (the capital of Shandong province, with which Québec signed a cooperation agreement in August 2008). These forums will provide Mr. Arcand with a unique opportunity to promote Québec's sustainable development and green technology expertise.
“The Chinese government recently announced that it will be investing 1,000 billion yuan (approximately CDN$170 billion) over the next three years to protect the environment and that it is committed to reducing domestic energy consumption by 20% within five years. In light of this announcement, this visit is of strategic importance for Québec. We aim to position ourselves as a sustainable development leader,” said the Minister.
Mr. Arcand is scheduled to attend two major public events in Shanghai. He will inaugurate a permanent exhibition on the life of Dr. Norman Bethune at the Montreal Gardens pavilion in Centennial Park and will visit the future site of the City of Montreal pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Universal Exhibition.
As part of the official program of activities, Mr. Arcand and the other members of the delegation will meet with key Chinese stakeholders with a view to emphasizing the importance of bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of education and research.
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