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29 Oct 2012

Québec reaffirms the importance of its relations with Bavaria

Québec Premier Pauline Marois seen here with Vice Minister President of the State of Bavaria Martin Zeil.

On October 24, Québec Premier Pauline Marois met Martin Zeil, Vice Minister President of the State of Bavaria and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, in Quebec City.

Minister Zeil was on a mission in Québec with approximately thirty-five representatives from the scientific and business communities in order to explore opportunities for business partnerships and scientific research resulting from Québec's Far North development plan and infrastructure projects.

The delegation participated in EV 2012 VÉ, a trade show for electric cars, in addition to other activities. Minister Zeil gave a speech at the opening session together with Sven Morlok, Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, who is also visiting Québec.

A strong and dynamic partnership

Québec and Bavaria have one of the highest levels of cooperation out all of Québec’s international relations. Their areas of collaboration include aerospace, biotechnology, healthcare, optics and photonics and the environment. Furthermore, the many projects being carried out in connection with the Québec-Bavaria Working Group (GTQB) offer a clear example of the strength of their relations. Québec has teamed up with both Bavaria and Saxony as an international partner in the “Regional Electromobility Showcases” project to support the development of this sector in Germany.

New business opportunities

Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and Export Trade, and Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources, also met with the Minister of Bavaria. They both reaffirmed the importance of developing Québec’s Far North by ensuring sustainable development and profitable prospects for Quebecers, local populations and international partners.

Bavarian businesses also participated in several business meetings and industrial visits in Montreal, Quebec City and Sept-Îles to discuss potential partnerships with the following:

  • Centre for Northern Studies of Université Laval
  • Aluminerie Alouette
  • PCO Innovation
  • Groupe Dessau
  • La Relance Terminal
  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore
  • Association du développement économique de Sept-Îles
  • Hydro-Québec

A few figures

The Québec government has maintained continuous political, institutional and economic cooperation with Bavaria since the early 1980s. In fact, around fifty cooperation projects were selected by the GTQB in 2012, bringing the total number of projects to over 500 since 1989.

In 2011, $5.6 billion of trade was conducted between Québec and Germany. Out of its international trading partners, Germany ranked 4th behind the United States, China and the United Kingdom.

With over $1.5 billion in transactions, Germany was also Québec's 3rd largest buyer (of Québec's exported products). In Europe, Germany is the largest buyer of Québec products.

Daniel Curio, Director of the State of Bavaria’s Québec Office; Thorsten Glauber, member of the Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology Commission; Martin Zeil; Pauline Marois; Thomas Hacker, Leader of the FDP in the Bavarian parliament; and Charles Villiers, the Québec government’s representative in Munich.

Québec-German relations
Québec-Bavaria working group
Electric car conference - EV 2012 VÉ

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