International relations with India a priority: Quebec minister

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Emphasising that international relations with India is a priority, Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, Government of Quebec said that there are numerous partnership opportunities in the country.

Bolduc, along with his official and business delegation was in Mumbai to address an industry interactive meet organised jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry and Quebec Government Office.
In his address, Bolduc spoke about stimulating Quebec’s economic and social development through an increased involvement of its northern sector – Plan Nord. He stated that over the next 25 years, Quebec would be the epicentre of a vast sustainable development projects in the areas of energy, mining, forestry, bio-foods, tourism and wild life.
He also mentioned that in the coming years out of the 80 billion Canadian dollar earmarked for the Plan Nord project, 47 billion dollars will go to renewable energy and 33 billion dollars will be earmarked for mining operations and infrastructure construction.
Bolduc invited Indian businessmen to explore the vast opportunities lying in the country.
Also present on the occasion was Suresh Shetty, Minister of Public Health, Family Welfare & Protocol, Government of Maharashtra. He spoke about the Indian government’s priority to fight against life style diseases such as hypertension and cancer.
He assured that the government is planning to set up many hospitals to give cancer treatment to the poorest of poor. He also spoke about plan to float a tender of procuring 970 ambulances.