Minister St-Pierre heads to Atlanta to attend Regional Leaders Summit and lend support to a Québec business delegation

QUÉBEC CITY, June 1, 2014 - Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie Christine St-Pierre will head a multisectoral mission to the 7th Regional Leaders Summit, taking place from June 1 to 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Minister, who will be accompanied by representatives from 20 Québec businesses, will participate in signing a cooperation agreement on culture and hold a series of high-level discussions with federated State representatives from around the world.

Regional Summit: a forum for collaboration

The summit’s themes are: the economic impacts of major events and global changes in the logistics supply chain. The event will be an opportunity for the minister to present the Québec government’s priorities regarding these issues and expand Québec’s collaboration with the forum’s member States.

“Québec is a founding member of this forum, which constitutes a privileged network of federated States and regions that have decided to share their expertise and develop partnerships within the framework of a multilateral approach. Through its commitment to this group, Québec fosters greater recognition of the role of federated States and regions in achieving broader objectives on issues pertaining to common interests,” stressed the minister.

Several experts will participate in the proceedings, including Quebecers Luc Denis (a specialist in sports facilities and events for the City of Montréal) and Benoit Montreuil (Professor Emeritus in logistics optimization at Université Laval).

The Regional Leaders Summit was established in 1999 at the initiative of Québec, Bavaria (Germany), Western Cape (South Africa) and Shandong (China). In the years that followed, Upper-Austria, (Austria), as well as the states of São Paulo (Brazil) and Georgia (United States) joined the network, which fosters the creation of joint initiatives in several areas, such as economic development, sustainable development and social protection.

Promoting Québec “open for business”

The minister will take part in various economic meetings, including a panel with a business delegation from Québec that will enable her to support market development initiatives by Québec entrepreneurs. The participating Québec businesses will have an opportunity to present their products and services to a number of potential international partners during the information-sharing sessions planned.

Minister St-Pierre will also visit the facilities of a major southern U.S. aeronautics industry player and will position Québec as a partner of choice in the aeronautics and logistics sectors with economic and political decision-makers present.

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