QUEBEC HOSTS FIRST MEETING OF ECONOMIC ALLIANCE BETWEEN SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADIAN PROVINCES



    QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - 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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For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Hurtevent, Advisor, Direction des
communications, Ministère des Relations internationales, (418) 649-2400, ext.
4028; Source: Hugo D'Amours, Press Officer, Office of the Premier, (418)
643-5321

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