Québec hosts first meeting of Economic Alliance between Southeastern United States and Canadian Provinces

Québec City, November 13, 2007—In Montréal on November 15 and 16, the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest, and the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, will co-chair the inaugural meeting of the Southeastern United States/Central and Eastern Canadian Provinces Alliance. Over the course of the two days, heads of government will lay the foundation of this new forum dedicated to bolstering trade between Alliance member states and provinces.

“This important initiative will help strengthen ties between Québec and this region of the United States, which currently has one of the highest growth rates in North America. In this way, the Government of Québec will contribute to the development and prosperity of Québec businesses by facilitating their access to these promising new markets,” stressed the Premier of Québec, Jean Charest.

The purpose of this first meeting between political leaders is to officially launch the Alliance and set its objectives. This meeting will be an opportunity to pass the torch to members of the business community, who will be directly involved and will play a key role in this economic forum.

The Alliance will be comprised of the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as the provinces of Québec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Every year, the members of the Alliance will meet—alternating between Canada and the United States—in the presence of government, institutional, and business representatives.

The idea for this economic forum took its inspiration from an existing organization—SEUS/Japan Association—which has been active since 1975. For more than one year, the Governor of Georgia, Mr. Perdue, has been fervently promoting a similar body whose mission will be to stimulate exports and investments between Alliance member provinces and states.


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