Launching the Espace économique francophone au Canada brand

    OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, in Ottawa, RDEE Canada (Réseau de
développement économique et d'employabilité) and the Réseau des SADC du Québec
jointly launched the Espace économique francophone au Canada (Canada-wide
Francophone economic space) brand:
    The Espace économique francophone au Canada is a historic initiative
stemming from the joint effort of two organizations, which are dedicated to
economic development and employability. The ultimate objective of this
initiative is to foster trade benefiting both the French-speaking communities
in Canada and the canadian economy in general. More specifically, it aims to
help French-speaking entrepreneurs across the country to take advantage of
business opportunities, to access new markets as well as business networks in
Canada and abroad.
    "We are pleased with our joint venture with RDEE Canada; together, we
will explore this exciting economic space. We believe that this initiative
will foster trade and growth with Quebec-based small and medium enterprises
(SMEs) and those of minority Francophone communities outside of Québec," said
Gratien LeBel, president of the Réseau des SADC du Québec.
    "In our opinion, the economic collaboration between francophone SMEs in
Canada means taking advantage of special ties between more than 7 million
individuals who make up the Francophonie in Canada; it represents thousands of
companies and their markets," said RDEE president Pierre Bélanger.

    For more than 25 years, regional economic development and community
well-being have been at the heart of the mission driving the Réseau des SADC
du Québec. SADCs and CAEs (centres d'aide aux entreprises) are active in local
economic development, job creation, diversification of regional economies, new
business development, entrepreneurship awareness campaigns (for youth and
women) and reversing the exodus of young people in rural communities. They
also provide support services and custom financing for each firm, based on its
operating conditions and needs.

    RDEE Canada, in collaboration with its provincial and territorial
partners, promotes economic development and job creation in Canada's
Francophone and Acadian communities. This national network is celebrating its
10th anniversary this year.

For further information:

For further information: Roger Lavoie, Director General, RDEE Canada,
(613) 244-7308; Hélène Deslauriers, Director General, Réseau des SADC du
Québec, (418) 658-1530

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