Québec Premier Jean Charest began the last step of his 5-day mission to Europe. After a long series of economic and political meetings in London and Brussels, he will go on to Germany to promote the Plan Nord and Québec’s economic strengths.
Jean Charest will begin his trip to Germany today in Frankfort, the financial capital of the country. As he has done since the beginning of his trip, he will give a speech to an audience of business and financial leaders. He will also meet with Hans-Joachim Kümpel, the President of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.
Later in the day, the Premier will travel to Munich where he will meet with Barbara Stamm, the President of the Bavarian Parliament. He and Emilia Müller, the Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs, will then attend a concert by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by young Québec conductor and virtuoso Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
The Premier will conclude his mission to Europe tomorrow by meeting with the Bavarian Employers’ Council and potential investors. He will also meet with his counterpart, Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer.
“Québec has built solid, prosperous, friendly ties with Germany, particularly Bavaria. We are constantly working together on the political front to strengthen these ties as well as to expand bilateral trade. In 2010, trade between Québec and Germany totalled over $4.6 billion, mainly in high tech products. Germany is our second most important trading partner in Europe after the United Kingdom,” said the Premier.