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World Economic Forum in Davos – Spotlighting Québec on the World Stage

Davos, January 23, 2018 Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, is heading up an economic mission at the 48th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which runs from January 23 to 26, 2018. She is accompanied by the President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec, Pierre Gabriel Côté.

 

Photo de la ville de Davos avec photo de Pierre Gabriel Côté

 

The WEF annual meeting, which brings together heads of state and government, corporate executives and leaders from every possible background, represents a chance to see how the world economy is faring.

 

It is a unique opportunity to initiate and consolidate business relationships and present Québec’s major economic projects. In taking part in the Forum, the government plans to capitalize on the presence of the leaders of international corporations, many of which have subsidiaries in Québec, to promote investment and reinvestment in the province.

 

Moreover, since almost all of the provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union came into force last September, Québec needs to position itself with European decision-makers – politicians, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers – to benefit fully from this new preferential access to a market of more than 500 million consumers. In the coming days, the Deputy Premier will have opportunities to meet with a wide variety of business and political leaders to promote Québec’s expertise and know-how.

 

Quotations:

 

“Québec is able to make a very enticing offer to investors: an opportunity to stake a claim in cutting-edge industries like aeronautics, life sciences and information technologies and take part in growth measures like the Plan Nord, the Maritime Strategy and the Innovative Manufacturing Initiative, access to clean, renewable energy like hydroelectricity, and the ability to help combat climate change as a driver of the green economy. By playing an active role in the Davos World Economic Forum every year for over 30 years, we are able to identify the major trends that Québec will be able to profit from, showcase our expertise in several major industries, strengthen our political relationships and build meaningful ties with partners likely to invest here.”

 

Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

 

“The economic meeting in Davos is a unique opportunity to promote Québec, hold discussions with executives from head offices and stimulate foreign investment. We will make use of our visit to meet the parent companies of Québec subsidiaries and develop new business relationships.”

 

Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec

 

Highlights:

 

  • Québec’s participation in the Davos World Economic Forum dates back to 1987, when then-Premier Robert Bourassa took part in the event. Over the years, Québec’s participation became an established practice, and it has been represented there without interruption since 1989.
  • The focus of the 2018 World Economic Forum will be “Creating a shared future in a fractured world.” Over 3,100 participants, including representatives of multinationals from nearly 80 countries and political leaders from close to 100 countries, are expected to attend.
  • For the first time since 1987, seven women will co-chair the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. In this way, the organization hopes to deliver a powerful message about women’s rightful place in the halls of power.

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