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14 Nov 2011

Québec celebrates 40 years in Germany

Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian Minister of State for Science, Research and Culture, and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations.

Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, is on a mission to Germany from November 14 to 18. A series of meetings and activities will bolster Québec’s relations with German regions and underline the 40th anniversary of Québec’s presence in the country.

Bavaria is one of Québec’s leading foreign political partners. Minister Gagnon-Tremblay therefore began her mission in Munich, where she was scheduled to meet with Thomas Kreuzer, Bavarian Minister of State and Head of the Bavarian Chancellery, and Emilia Müller, Bavarian Minister of Federal and European Affairs.

The next stop on her mission was Dresden, where she met with Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony, and Sabine von Schorlemer, Minister of Science and Arts. After Dresden she traveled to Berlin, where a meeting was planned with Martin Gorholt, Minister of State for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.

A few figures on relations between Québec and Germany

  • Germany is Québec’s number-four international trade partner and its second-largest economic partner in Europe.
  • In 2010, Québec exports to Germany added up to $1.257 billion, behind exports to China and ahead of sales to France.
  • In the same year, Québec imports from Germany amounted to $3.34 billion, a $1.07 billion increase compared with 2001.
  • Germany is the tenth largest investor in Canada. Over the past decade, direct German investments in Canada have doubled, to $10 billion in 2010.

Minister Gagnon-Tremblay will wrap up her mission by taking part in “Christmas in Québec” at the Galeries Lafayette store in Berlin. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the evening event in honour of Québec and its festive winter traditions.

Québec government office in Munich

Relations between Québec and Bavaria
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