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MPA and HAROPA sign an international cooperation agreement

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The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) and HAROPA have signed an international cooperation agreement at the Sister Ports Conferences, which took place in Paris, Rouen and Le Havre from 4 – 6 September 2017.

This agreement comes within a particular framework; the entry into force, on 21 September of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) aiming to develop and facilitate trade between the European Union and Canada.

The agreement was signed on 6 September 2017 in the lounges of Le Havre City Hall, by Hervé Martel, HAROPA’s President and Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). The objective is to strengthen and extend cooperation in the various technical, sales and research/innovation sectors of port business and develop the numerous synergies between both organisations.

The MPA and HAROPA have numerous similarities, the first of which being this configuration of ports extending along a corridor.

The organisations identified three working lines that the cooperation agreement will be focused on. The three lines include: inter-port governance, sales promotion; and sharing of innovation.

The work will include thematic workshops in Montreal, Le Havre, Rouen or Paris, joint communications, sharing of market intelligence, drawing-up of joint research timetables, stage reports founded upon the exchange and working-out of exemplary practices.

“As the leading French port system, HAROPA is very pleased about this agreement with the MPA which is, to-date, our major trade partner in Canada and our 2nd largest partner in Eastern America,” Hervé Martel, President of HAROPA, said. “Through the experience acquired via about thirty twinning and cooperation agreement we have signed, we know all the synergy which will be set up with Montreal and the benefits for our two ports.”

“As per today, about 40% of the goods transiting the Port of Montreal come from or are shipped to Northern Europe. The CETA between Canada and the European Union, which will come into force on September 21st of this year, will strengthen these trade ties and create a new favourable business environment conducive to growth of our trade and the structuring effects that will result from that in our respective economies. This memorandum of understanding between HAROPA and the MPA has been signed at a significant and historic time,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.

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