British Columbia's Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat embarks on her third mission to Asia
Promoting exports in British Columbia’s priority sectors such as digital media
, clean technology
and life sciences
is the focus of spring trade missions to Asia by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson, from March 27 - April 5, 2015.
During the missions, both ministers are visiting China, with Minister Wat’s itinerary also including travel to Indonesia, the largest market within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). With over 600 million people and rapidly growing middle class, the ASEAN region represents a key growth market for British Columbia.
This is Minister Wat’s third trip to Asia
after travelling to China, Japan and Korea in November 2014 and to China as part of Premier Christy Clark’s fourth jobs plan related trade mission in November 2013. Her mission is focused on promoting B.C.’s information and communications technology (ICT) and digital media sectors and encouraging companies to locate their North American head offices in British Columbia
“Export markets are fiercely competitive, and what often sets you apart is the strength of your relationships. Trade missions give us an upper hand by bringing us face-to-face with key stakeholders, so we can continue to nurture our existing connections and develop new ones,” said Minister Wat. “I look forward to meeting with government officials and business representatives in China and Indonesia to promote our diverse export markets and generate new trade and investment opportunities for British Columbia.”
Minister Wat will be visiting a number of provinces, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong - some of the most advanced provinces in China. Consumers in these provinces are looking for western products, technology partners and new partnerships for services that B.C. can provide, such as graphic design, animation and information technology consulting. Minister Wat will be joined by a large delegation of B.C. businesses and organizations including:
ThinkEco Power Systems
Istuary Innovation Labs
Linquet Technologies Inc.
Ballard Power Systems
Pelesys Learning Systems
China Gold International
TMX Equity Transfer Services
Clark Wilson LLP
This is the first international trade mission for Wilkinson as Minister of Advanced Education, who will be joined by representatives from four B.C. post-secondary institutions including the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Langara College, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
“There are more international students from China studying in B.C. than from any other country. China is an important partner in B.C.’s International Education Strategy, and many post-secondary institutions have strong existing ties with institutions in China,” said Minister Wilkinson. “The mission is a great opportunity to encourage more students to choose B.C. as their study destination, and to encourage students from B.C. to study abroad.”
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