Frédéric Lefebvre visits Canada [fr]

The Secretary of State for Commerce, Small and Mid-sized Businesses, Tourism, Independent Professions and Consumer Affairs, Frédéric Lefebvre, visited Canada (Ottawa and Montreal) from January 18-20, 2012.

The Secretary of State for Commerce, Small and Mid-sized Businesses, Tourism, Independent Professions and Consumer Affairs, Frédéric Lefebvre, visited Canada (Ottawa and Montreal) from January 18-20, 2012.

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MM. Bernard Valcourt (à gauche/left) & Frédéric Lefebvre

The main topics discussed during the visit were administrative simplification for businesses, financing and changes for small and mid-sized businesses since the beginning of the crisis, partnership and investment projects involving French businesses in Canada, the economic aspect of the Francophonie, tourism issues between France and Canada and the economic conditions for French investments in Canada (visas for employees, professional mobility between the two countries, mutual recognition of professional qualification, etc.).

During his visit to Ottawa, Minister Lefebvre met with Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Minister for FedNor, Northern Ontario’s regional development organization, Lead Minister for the Red Tape Reduction Commission, with whom he agreed to a long-term approach for exchanging experience and initiatives. He also spoke with Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie). The ministers agreed to establish cooperation in the areas of tourism, innovation and economic development between France and Canada, with special attention paid to the provinces of Atlantic Canada and Francophone and Acadian areas, in preparation for the inclusion of the French islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Mr. Lefebvre also visited Ubisoft, Euro excellence and ASLTEF, three French business (or businesses founded by French citizens living in the Montreal area), and participated in the new year meeting of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada, where he spoke with many business leaders.

Dernière modification : 31/01/2012

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