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15 Dec 2009

Québec consolidates its presence in Italy

Minister St-Pierre in Rome. Photo: Giampiero Ortenzi

The new premises of the Québec government office in Rome were officially opened on December 14 by Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women.

The new Québec government office is located at 16 Via delle Quattro Fontane, a prestigious address close to the presidential palace. The opening was held under the theme Il Québec sprizza energia ! (literally, “Québec, bursting with energy!”), reminding people not only that the new office is close to the famous four fountains, but also that Québec is a major producer of clean, renewable hydroelectricity.

The relocation of the Québec government office marks the end of the process of upgrading the former Québec cultural agency in Italy to Délégation status, which was undertaken in 2006 under Québec’s International Policy. In keeping with this policy, a trade branch was also opened in Milan in 2007. In 2008, the Cabinet appointed Amalia Daniela Renosto, director of the former cultural agency, as Québec’s Delegate in Italy.

According to Minister St-Pierre, “Italy is one of the priority countries in our International Policy. That is why we have upgraded the status of our office in Rome and opened a trade branch in Milan. I hope that this enhancement will have a positive impact on our trade and consolidate our partnerships.”

Québec-Lombardy agreement

The Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec (MDEIE) and the Lombardy Region announced earlier today that they are creating an industrial and technological agreement program designed to help Québec and Lombard businesses identify potential partners and facilitate two-way technology transfers, with or without the support of an R&D centre. The creation of this program flows from the signing on May 14, 2009, by Premier Jean Charest and Roberto Formigoni, President of the Lombardy Region, of a joint declaration aimed at bolstering bilateral cooperation in research, science and technology and at facilitating industrial agreements.

In the words of Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, “The Government of Québec’s desire to step up its relations with Italy and take into consideration Italy’s economic importance and central Mediterranean role has motivated this upgrade in the status of our government office.”

Québec’s institutional presence in Italy dates back to 1965, i.e., two years before the creation of the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. This illustrates the long-standing importance that Québec places on Italy, which is one of Québec’s leading European and foreign markets and an important window for Québec companies interested in doing business in other European Union countries and certain Mediterranean states.

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