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Build. Build. Build: What the Philippines Infrastructure Agenda Means For B.C. Companies

March 22, 2017
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The following is a guest blog from Eva Yazon, Managing Director of the B.C. Trade and Investment Representative Office in Manila  Call to Action for B.C. Companies   BUILD, BUILD, BUILD is the commitment of the government of the Philippines as it addresses the country’s significant infrastructure needs.   The Philippine government recently announced a total budget of PHP 8 trillion (C$217B) for public infrastructure spending from 2017-2022. For 2017 alone, PHP 861B (C$23B) has been budgeted, representing 5.4% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). This figure does not include public-privat... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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#BCTECH aims to shine at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2017
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British Columbia’s thriving tech sector will be in the spotlight at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, with  a large contingent of companies from across B.C.’s tech sector participating in the annual event.The British Columbia delegation will be a part of the prominent Canada Pavilion, where companies will be able to network and connect with mobile and tech leaders from around the world. B.C.’s Trade and Invest team is working with representatives from ICT West, a collaborative project funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada, to ensure the B.C. delegation are able to... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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B.C. Lands Business at Airshow China 2016

December 9, 2016
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There was a lot to smile about at the B.C. booth at Airshow China 2016 this November. Two B.C.-based companies, Pelesys Learning Systems and the Langley Flying School, signed agreements at the show while a third, Viking Air announced a second delivery to its Chinese partner.  The Honourable Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism led a delegation of 17 B.C. companies to the Airshow. The 11th annual event, held Nov 1-6, attracted almost half a million visitors and allowed B.C. companies to showcase their products and services to a fast-growing Chines... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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Autumn Trade Mission grows B.C.’s trade and investment relationship with India

November 28, 2016
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The recent eight-day trade mission lead by B.C. Finance Minister, The Honourable Michael de Jong, broke new ground in strengthening B.C.’s trade and investment relationship with India. The focus of the mission was to promote B.C. forest products and new trade and investment opportunities created by B.C.’s recent Masala bond issuance.   By 2030, India is expected to be the world’s third-largest economy behind the United States and China. B.C. exports to India have jumped from $201 million in 2011 to $623 million in 2015, making India B.C.’s fifth-largest trading partner. To build on the momentum of t... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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Export Navigator Pilot Launches in B.C. Communities

November 24, 2016
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British Columbia companies interested in expanding into international markets can now take advantage of an innovative pilot project being introduced in four communities throughout the province: Port Alberni, Comox Valley, Prince George and Vernon.Export Navigator is a one-year pilot project the Province has developed in partnership with Small Business BC, federally-funded Community Futures offices, and Comox Valley Economic Development. The motivation for the pilot stems from commitments in the BC Jobs Plan and #BCTECH Strategy to streamline export services and help facilitate export opportunities for small businesses. The pilot... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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CETA sets a positive glow on the B.C. trade horizon

November 24, 2016
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On October 30, 2016, Canada and the European Union signed a landmark free trade agreement which promises to give Canadian exporters preferential access to the EU marketplace. The agreement is expected to come into force in 2017. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is the most wide-ranging trade agreement ever concluded by the EU. When the CETA comes into force, Canada will be one of the few countries in the world to have preferential access to the world’s two largest economies – the US and the EU – giving B.C. companies a significant advantage over competitors. One of the ... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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Getting set for CETA - B.C. takes a bite out of global agrifood market at SIAL Paris

November 7, 2016
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Imagine the entire population of Abbotsford, B.C. sampling over 4,000 grocery items in a cozy 246,000 square metre convention hall, and you may begin to get an idea of what it is like to attend the Salon International De L'alimentation (SIAL) 2016 tradeshow which was held October 16-20, 2016 at Paris-Nord Villepinte. One of the most comprehensive and inspiring food exhibitions in the world, SIAL Paris 2016 welcomed approximately 7,000 exhibitors displaying the latest food trends and innovations from 100 countries to over 160,000 food and drink industry buyers.   The B.C. food and beverage sector is growing steadil... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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British Columbia Increases Presence in Southeast Asia

November 3, 2016
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British Columbia has further expanded its trade and investment presence in Southeast Asia by opening an office in Jakarta, Indonesia, and announcing the opening of another in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in early 2017. Both offices will promote British Columbia’s competitive advantages in the thriving Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region’s economy.B.C’s trade and investment office in Jakarta, which opened in July 2016, offers B.C. companies strategic connections with Indonesian firms and promotes British Columbia as an attractive destination for investment. The Jakarta office, which also manages B.C.&... continue reading
Posted by Amrinder Sandhar
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BC Tech Fund Supports Local Start-ups

October 31, 2016
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Early stage companies in British Columbia’s technology sector are getting additional support from the B.C. government with the establishment of the BC Tech Fund. The $100-million BC Tech Fund was recently launched with the announcement of a fund manager and an initial investment into a B.C. technology company.Kensington Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with strong experience and connections in B.C., has been selected to manage the BC Tech Fund. Kensington announced its first investment will be into B.C. start-up Mojio, a leading open platform for connected cars, headquartered in Vancouver. Mojio provides elements n... continue reading
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British Columbia and India trade relations take flight

October 21, 2016
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Air Canada’s inaugural non-stop flight between Vancouver and New Delhi lifted off yesterday, signifying a new altitude to B.C. and India trade relations. The direct flight cuts the air time between the two cities from 22 hours to 14, which now puts India on par with travel time to China, B.C.’s second largest trading partner.   B.C. exports to India have jumped from $201 million in 2011 to $623 million in 2015, making India B.C.’s fifth-largest trading partner. Currently the top 5 B.C. exports to India are: Copper Ores and Concentrates ($351m); Bituminous Coal ($172m); Semi-Chemical Wood Pulp ($24m); News... continue reading
Posted by Willow Easton
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