Agreement between Canada and Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
On Wednesday, May 27th, the Embassy of France in Canada hosted the Memorandum of Understanding signing between the Economic Development and Employability Network for Francophones minorities (RDÉE Canada) and the Saint-Pierre and Miquelon Société de Développement et de Promotion de l’Archipel (SODEPAR).
In honour of this event, fifty-or-so representatives, from high authorities involved in regional economic development, intergovernmental relations and cultural promotion, were present at the signing.
During his speech, His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of France in Canada, expressed his gratitude to the Honourable Gérald Comeau, Senator of Nova Scotia, Denis Detcheverry, Senator of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Stéphane Artano, President of the Conseil territorial of Saint Pierre and Miquelon and President and Chief Executive officer of SODEPAR, Graham Fraser, the Commissioner of Official Languages, Gilles Croze, President of RDÉE, François Guimont, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services in Canada, and Carmen Sylvain, President of the European Union within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
He also honoured this signing as “a first” and a “major and symbolic step” for the economic integration of the French archipelago within its close-knit economic environment.
The Ambassador’s speech was followed by those of Mr. Gilles Croze and Stéphane Artamo, who expressed their support for this understanding, which they hope will be a true forum for open dialogue and a reinforcement of the collaboration, that has been in place for two years, between the archipelago and RDÉE. In their opinion, this understanding has a true purpose and represents a catalyst for future collaborations.