Opportunities of the free-trade agreement with Canada (CETA): Symposium with former Quebec Premier Pierre Marc Johnson, on March 9, 2015 in Munich


Pierre Marc Johnson, picture Gouvernement du Québec

With a GDP of 1,883 billion dollars in 2013, Canada is the 11th strongest economy worldwide. Yet it is still only on rank 21 of Bavaria’s export markets. This shows: economic opportunities between Bavaria and Canada are not yet taken to their fullest.

In order for the Bavarian and Canadian economic ties to grow and strengthen in the future, a rapid implementation of the free-trade agreement (CETA) negociated between Canada and the EU in Fall of 2014 is unavoidable.

At the upcoming joint event held by vbw – Bavaria’s industry association – and the Délégation générale du Québec à Munich, Pierre Marc Johnson, former Premier of Quebec and current Chief Negociator of the Quebec government for the European-Canadian agreement, will expose the agreement from the concrete side, and explore which chances will arise thereof for Bavarian companies.

Monday, March 9, 2015 – from 11 am to 1:15 pm
The Charles Hotel , Ball Room
Sophienstraße 28
80333 München


11:00 – Welcomg address
Bertram Brossardt, CEO, vbw – Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V., München

11:15 – Opportunities of the free-trade agreement with Canada (CETA)
Pierre Marc Johnson, Chief Negociator of the Quebec government for CETA, Montreal

11:40 – Current state of the CETA negociations
Philipp Dupuis, Chief Negociator for the European Union’s Trade & Commerce department, Brussels

12:00 – Discussion
Bertram Brossardt
Philipp Dupuis
Pierre Marc Johnson
Dr. Johann Schachtner, Head of Internationalization and Industry Department at the Bavarian Ministry of Economy and Media, Energy and Technology, Munich
Günther Petrasch, Head of Governmental Affairs Headquarters, Siemens AG, Munich

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