Summary of the seminar
In 2018, Eastern Europe, which includes over 20 countries, experienced GDP growth of 2.9%, which is 0.4% more than the European Union average. That same year, only 2.7% of the region’s imports came from North America, meaning that there is still time for Quebec companies to position themselves on the market. The region also has agreements with Canada (CETA and CUFTA). Click here to find out more about these two agreements.
On August 21, 2019, come discover the many business opportunities available in Eastern Europe. This seminar will present the current circumstances of the countries in this region in general, and more specifically in Poland, and will equip you with tools to penetrate these markets.
A unique opportunity to:
- Evaluate the potential for developing your business in Eastern Europe;
- Network with other Quebec companies considering these markets;
- Get advice from experts and entrepreneurs with extensive market experience.
Many countries in this region of Europe:
- Have a quickly growing service sector (representing 63% of GDP) due to outsourcing from many countries in Western Europe.
- Have a qualified workforce at a competitive cost that enables many countries to mainly export services rather than goods.
- Have unemployment rates of less than 5% and an aging population, which will require the establishment of technology, automation, digitization and Industry 4.0 companies, since labour shortages will become a major factor in the years to come.
- Are experiencing a significant increase in e-commerce, and analysis has shown that many consumers are becoming more and more interested in foreign products and services.
Free trade agreement between Canada and the countries of Eastern Europe
CETA: As of September 21, 2017, tariffs have been eliminated for 98% of products Canadian companies export to the EU.
This agreement also offers many other benefits such as access to European government procurement, advance rulings regarding rules of origin, the opening of immigration procedures and more favourable treatment for service companies. Click here to learn more.
CUFTA: As of August 1, 2017, customs duties have been eliminated for 86% of products Canadian companies export to Ukraine. This agreement also includes chapters on work, environmental standards, intellectual property and many other topics that offer greater transparency and facilitate market access. Click here to learn more.
Who should participate in this seminar?
All companies looking to develop their business in Eastern Europe or learn more about these markets.
This is particularly aimed at companies in the following industries:
- Agriculture and agri-food
- Automobile and transportation
- Equipment and machinery
- Construction and infrastructure
- Electrical and electronic products
- Energy and environmental solutions
- Digital and industrial technology
- Video games