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Communications during British Columbia’s Election Writ Period

April 10, 2017
Thank you for visiting! To ensure strict adherence with the BC Elections Act, as of April 11, 2017, our social media accounts will only be used for items that are statutory in nature or necessary for the health and safety of British Columbians. The writ of election is issued on April 11, 2017, starting the provincial election period. We will be available to communicate with you again on May 31. Until then, if you need assistance, please contact Service BC . continue reading
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#BCTECH Summit Highlights Innovation and Collaboration across B.C.’s Technology Ecosystem

April 3, 2017
The diversity and expertise across British Columbia’s technology sector was on full display during the #BCTECH Summit last month with companies and organizations showcasing innovative products and platforms. In its second year, the #BCTECH Summit brought together over 5,000 business and technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and students to exchange ideas and explore the latest tech innovations fuelling B.C.’s economy. The event had dozens of thought-provoking sessions featuring international technology leaders from Tesla and Microsoft while also showcasing speakers from homegrown firms li... continue reading
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Build. Build. Build: What the Philippines Infrastructure Agenda Means For B.C. Companies

March 22, 2017
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
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#BCTECH aims to shine at Mobile World Congress

March 1, 2017
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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Export Navigator Pilot Launches in B.C. Communities

November 24, 2016
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
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CETA sets a positive glow on the B.C. trade horizon

November 24, 2016
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
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Getting set for CETA - B.C. takes a bite out of global agrifood market at SIAL Paris

November 7, 2016
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
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British Columbia Increases Presence in Southeast Asia

November 3, 2016
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
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BC Tech Fund Supports Local Start-ups

October 31, 2016
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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B.C. and India Build Partnerships for Smart Cities

October 3, 2016
Hosted by the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) in collaboration with B.C. Ministry of International Trade and the Indian government, the inaugural BC-India Partnership Summit held in Vancouver September 15, 2016, was a tremendous success. The summit built upon relations that have been amplified since B.C. opened three Trade and Investment offices  in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh, India. These offices have been busy expanding the B.C. trade network on the ground in India, and were essential to forging relations with the eight prominent Indian business and government delegates that attended the summit.    The... continue reading
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