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24 Jan 2014

Jean-François Lisée pitches Québec know-how to Japanese decision-makers

“Our relations with this country, the world’s third-largest economy and Québec’s number-seven global export customer, are driven by our desire to boost trade and our cooperation in the scientific, academic and cultural sectors.”

Accompanied by 35 representatives of Québec’s economic and institutional sectors, Minister Jean-François Lisée recently led a six-day mission to five Japanese cities. At the end of the mission he had the following to say: “Our government’s first mission to Japan allowed us to reassert Québec’s long-term commitment towards Japan and expand our business and research ties with this country at the cutting edge of innovation in a number of sectors of interest for Québec.”

Five agreements were signed during the mission, progress was made on several active files and a number of other initiatives were discussed.

The Minister highlighted Québec’s competitive advantage for Japanese investors, thanks to its participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the upcoming Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe and an agreement being negotiated by Japan and Canada.

“When it comes to green buildings, transportation electrification and technological innovation, today’s Québec is remarkably well aligned with Japan’s economic priorities,” said the Minister.

High tech

The members of the Québec delegation told four members of the Japanese government, the governor of Kyoto province, over 120 representatives of companies and government agencies and a dozen local journalists about Québec’s high-tech sector and openness to investments. Jean-François Lisée discussed potential investments in private with top executives from Nissan, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma.

Japan is a highly competitive market and a global leader in science and technology. It offers numerous business opportunities for Québec companies. According to Minister Lisée, “Our exports grew by 23% in 2012, to a billion dollars, and we want to expand them even more, among other ways by means of the tools announced in our External Trade Development Plan launched in October 2013.

Press release on Japanese mission (in French)

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