Deputy Premier François Gendron is pleased about the business opportunities created in China
Deputy Premier François Gendron meets with Zheng Huiqiang, Vice-President of the Permanent Council of Shanghai’s Popular Congress
François Gendron, Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, considers the mission he led in China from November 12 to 16 a success. The Deputy Premier headed a delegation of representatives from 36 Québec companies who participated in three major events in the aerospace, cosmetics and agri-food sectors.
In Zhuhai, Deputy Premier Gendron visited several stands and pavilions at Airshow China, an aerospace trade show, including Espace Québec, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), Bombardier and Bell Helicopter.
An agreement was signed between the École nationale d’aérotechnique (ENA) of Collège Édouard-Montpetit and Zhuhai Technical College to create a joint aircraft maintenance program. By sharing its instructional methods with Zhuhai Polytechnic, ENA is promoting Québec’s expertise in aircraft maintenance education and helping to strengthen Québec’s leadership. As part of this project, both parties have agreed to share responsibilities according to their respective expertise. This huge project will benefit both China and Québec.
In addition, Bombardier Aerospace and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have begun the second phase of their collaboration. It should be noted that Bombardier and COMAC signed a strategic cooperation agreement in March 2011 that will span several years. In the second phase, both companies will be able to cut operating costs linked to CSeries and C919 aircraft.
In Hong Kong, Asia’s trade gateway and a key market for luxury consumer products, the Deputy Premier met with the representatives of Québec cosmetics companies at the Québec stand at Cosmoprof Asia, one of the major international events of the cosmetics industry.
Food and Hotel China 2012
In Shanghai, Mr. Gendron met with the representatives of Québec companies participating in Food and Hotel China 2012, an agri-food show, with assistance from the Agri-Food Expert Group, which receives support from the Minisère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation (MAPAQ) in programming its activities. He also had an opportunity to meet a dozen other businesses that are active in China and discuss developments in the business climate between Québec and China.
The Deputy Premier also spoke with an official representative from Shanghai and reaffirmed the Québec government’s interest in cooperation between Québec and Shanghai.
In fact, China is one of Québec’s priority export markets. For example, Québec and China traded $10 billion in goods in 2011, which is up 13.3% from 2010.