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Legault needs francophone international locations to ‘do extra enterprise collectively’


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DJERBA, Tunisia — Francophone international locations must “do extra enterprise collectively,” Quebec Premier François Legault stated in the course of the Francophonie financial discussion board in Djerba on Sunday.

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About 500 businesspeople from 88 state and authorities members of the Francophonie had been gathered at a resort on the Tunisian island as a part of the Sommet de la Francophonie.

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In a 15-minute speech, Legault stated Quebec, whose commerce occurs principally with the US, needs to “diversify” its markets. He invited the discussion board to “rebuild our provide chains” after pandemic disruptions. “It’s another excuse to work collectively,” he stated.

Earlier Sunday, Legault met with the Mouvement des entreprises de France (MEDEF) and stated he wished to double commerce with France.

Presently, $5 billion of commerce per 12 months “is peanuts,” Legault stated to some laughter and applause. He stated he needs Quebec to be “an entryway for francophone international locations in America,” and hopes “you, francophone international locations, are the entryway in Europe, in Africa.”

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Why do enterprise with German or Chinese language transport corporations when Alstom employs “many extra francophones,” he requested.

Requested about Quebec-China relations, Legault stated they’d cooled. China is the second-largest recipient of Quebec exports after the US. Quebec has 4 places of work in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Quingdao and Shenzhen.

“All of us, the industrialized international locations, have issues about China,” Legault stated, dismissing the thought of going to China in particular person as his predecessor Philippe Couillard did in 2018. “It isn’t deliberate for the second,” he stated.

Quebec additionally introduced in the course of the summit it could make investments $10 million over three years to coach staff in Francophonie international locations.

The following Francophonie summit is about for 2024 in Paris, introduced Louise Mushikiwabo, secretary basic of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, who was reappointed to her publish.

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