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27 Jun 2011

London: Jean Charest meets financial and business leaders

Québec Premier Jean Charest began his five-day mission to Europe in London, where he will meet with leading lights in the financial and business sectors in order to promote the Plan Nord.

Several meetings with the directors of large companies are on the program. London is a major hub for companies in the mining and energy sectors. The Premier will have the opportunity to promote Québec’s strengths, especially the quality of its labour force, with companies interested in the Plan Nord as well as those operating in other areas of activity. He will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the head offices of companies with operations in Québec.

“We have rich and diverse relations with the United Kingdom. The Government of Québec wants to promote the Plan Nord with its main partners first, those with which it has strong ties. Major world financial circles, some of the most important of which are based here, are already aware of the plan,” said the Premier.

In addition to the business meetings, the Premier will present the Plan Nord on Monday to the Canada–United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. He will also talk about the importance of the economic relations between Québec and the United Kingdom, Québec’s top partner in Europe. Tuesday, he will be a guest at the prestigious FT Global Energy Leaders Summit 2011.

The Premier will also have meetings with key government figures. Monday, he will hold discussions with William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Tuesday, he will share Québec’s experience in the fight against climate change with Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

On Tuesday, Mr. Charest will also take advantage of his visit to London to meet with Mark Kenber, the President and CEO of the Climate Group. The government maintains close ties with this organization as well as with many other federated states in the framework of Québec’s efforts to fight climate change.

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