Francois-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Facebook Page
Brussels/Belgium: François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, concluded a visit to Germany and Belgium on May 13, where he met with key business and political leaders.
In Germany, Champagne had a meeting with industry leaders in key sectors to promote Canada as a reliable, stable, and attractive economic partner.
He also met a hub of expertise for zero-emission vehicle manufacturing; electric vehicle research; and battery, fuel cell, and hydrogen production.
In Berlin, Champagne had discussions with the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck, as well as senior economic and political advisor to German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz regarding energy security, and enhancing economic cooperation amid Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.
Champagne also attended the G7 Digital Ministers’ meeting in Düsseldorf, where he discussed global challenges regarding the development, adoption, and use of digital technologies with his international counterparts, including Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov.
The importance of digital trust and cyber resilience was also underscored by the G7 Digital Ministers, who agreed to facilitate cross-border data transfers, support competitive digital markets and promote the use of electronic transferable records to facilitate international trade.
The recognition of the fact by European companies that Canada is one of the best places in the world to do business, this week was an opportunity for us, said Champagne to make Canada a competitive investment destination, including in clean technology, automotive, and battery supply chains.
“In Düsseldorf, with my G7 counterparts, we committed to ensuring that everyone can benefit from new digital technologies that drive innovation. I will continue to work tirelessly to attract more investments to Canada that will create well-paying jobs and spur economic growth,” said Champagne in a news release.
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