State signs agreement with Nova Scotia

Common ancestry and a desire to preserve and promote the French language and Acadian culture through collaborations, combined with an opportunity to promote economic growth and business development, brought Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), and delegates from the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada, together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. The ceremonial signing took place at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Lieutenant Governor Nungesser welcomed the Honorable Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie for the Province of Nova Scotia, to Louisiana for this historic collaboration.

Today’s signing was facilitated through a visit in April when a delegation visited to experience Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette where the groundwork for the Memorandum of Understanding took shape.

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome our friends from Nova Scotia back to Louisiana. Given how much our regions have in common through our Acadian heritage, coastal importance, seafood industries, and our connection through the French language, it makes good sense to combine our efforts to increase economic and cultural opportunities for each other,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We look forward to continued conversations with Minister LeBlanc and his team as we work to move forward pursuing promising opportunities.”

“Nova Scotia is proud of our long-standing relationship with Louisiana, and we are so pleased to formalize this relationship with a Memorandum of Understanding,” said Colton LeBlanc, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie. “This partnership will strengthen our cultural ties and create unique opportunities to benefit us all.”

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, both Louisiana and the Province of Nova Scotia will work to keep each other informed of economic, cultural, and civic issues; provide information and support to prospective businesses and business opportunities; encourage coordination of economic, cultural, and educational missions. Additionally, the two regions will give initial focus to business growth in areas such as education, culture, tourism, manufacturing, seafood processing, energy related technologies, and information technology.

Collaborations will also include opportunities to promote cultural exchanges in both regions, and jointly in appropriate world markets, through business interaction and investment where each region has identified common ground.

The Memorandum of Understanding with the Province of Nova Scotia will remain in effect until 2027.

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