Québec City hosts OECD Annual Rural Development Conference
Left to right: Jean-Pierre Blackburn, federal Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture and Agri-Food), Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. Photo: MAMROT
A number of international experts are in Québec City from October 13 to 15 to discuss rural development issues and their impact on prosperity during the OECD Annual Rural Development Conference. The event was launched in the presence of Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy.
According to Deputy Premier Nathalie Normandeau, “Québec’s future is intimately linked to that of rural communities. We believe that closer complementarity between rural and urban communities will generate greater wealth. Villages have always been fertile breeding grounds for innovation. When it comes to deploying new approaches in areas like forestry, agriculture and fishing, or in the green energy sector with bioenergy, the rural economy offers numerous opportunities, and it is up to us to make the most of them.”
Minister Lessard, who presented the National Policy on Rurality, declared: “I am particularly proud to see such a prestigious organization hold a conference here. OECD's presence in Québec is confirmation for me that the initiatives of the Government of Québec with regards to the rural areas, the regions, and the dynamic occupation of the territory spark interest even beyond our borders.”
OECD Annual Rural Development Conference
Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire (in French)