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  • 14 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Pierre Arcand visits Chicago

    Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, will be meeting with key political and economic stakeholders in Chicago on May 14 and 15, in line with the Government of Québec's new US strategy, which is currently being developed. This will be Mr. Arcand’s third visit south of the border and his first to the state of Illinois, Québec’s seventh largest trading partner in the US.

  • 14 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Sixth meeting of Québec/Wallonia-Brussels standing joint committee

    Seventy cooperation projects between Québec and Wallonia-Brussels will be launched over the next two years in the fields of culture, language, science and technology, the economy, education and vocational training. The projects were selected during the sixth meeting of the Commission mixte permanente Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles (Québec/Wallonia-Brussels standing joint committee), held in Québec City from May 11 to 14.

  • 12 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Ariane Moffatt awarded the 2009 Rapsat-Lelièvre prize

    Québec’s very own Ariane Moffatt has been awarded the 2009 Rapsat-Lelièvre prize for her third album, Tous les sens, featuring a skilful and wide-ranging blend of musical styles and sounds. The singer/songwriter will officially receive her prize in July during the Spa Francofolies in eastern Belgium, at which she will also perform. The ceremony will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rapsat-Lelièvre prize, which honours francophone songwriters in Wallonia-Brussels and Québec.

  • 12 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Inter-American cooperation issues in the spotlight

    Only a few weeks after the conclusion of the fifth Summit of the Americas, key inter-American cooperation issues are back in the spotlight at the sixth International Summer School on the Americas, which will be held at Laval University from May 10-16. Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, spoke at the opening ceremony of the summer school, which is organized by the Inter-American Studies Center (ISC) in affiliation with the Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (HEI).

  • 8 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    World Anti-Doping Agency to stay in Montréal until 2021

    On May 8, Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, took part in the signing ceremony for an agreement between Montréal International and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), under which WADA will keep its secretariat in Montréal until 2021. The document was signed on the WADA premises by John Fahey, WADA President, David Howman, WADA Director General, and André Gamache, President and CEO of Montréal International.

  • 8 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    LOJIQ and the Assembly of European Regions sign a joint declaration

    On May 6, Québec’s International Youth Offices (LOJIQ) reached an agreement with the Assembly of European Regions (AER) aimed at facilitating the international mobility of young people in Québec and the AER member regions. A joint declaration to this effect was signed in the National Assembly by LOJIQ director Alfred Pilon and AER president Michèle Sabban.

  • 7 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Québec-Japan meeting

    Strengthening economic ties between Québec and Japan topped the agenda at the meeting between Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, and Hiroaki Isobe, Japan’s new Consul General in Montréal, on April 30 in Québec City. During his first official visit to the capital, Mr. Isobe also met with Premier Jean Charest and several members of his government, as well as with other Québec political figures.

  • 6 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    Canada-EU trans-Atlantic trade agreement: Pierre Marc Johnson appointed Québec’s chief negotiator

    On May 6, Québec Premier Jean Charest announced the appointment of former Premier Pierre Marc Johnson as Québec’s chief negotiator for the proposed trans-Atlantic agreement between Canada and the European Union (EU) aimed at facilitating trade and expanding areas of cooperation.

  • 1 May 2009
    / On the agenda

    US consulate celebrates its 175th anniversary in Québec

    On April 30, David Fetter, US Consul General in Québec City, unveiled a plaque commemorating the 175th anniversary of the US’s consular presence in Québec at a ceremony attended by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie.

  • 28 Apr 2009
    / On the agenda

    Québec-Australia Meetings

    A group of Australian parliamentarians headed by the President of the Federal Senate of Australia, John Joseph Hogg, made a visit to Québec City on April 20. Meetings held with representatives of the Québec government during the visit enabled Québec to promote its advantages as a partner of interest when it comes to fighting forest fires, developing the mining sector and administering Aboriginal affairs.

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